Via the New York Daily News, an unarmed black man was choked to death by police yesterday in Staten Island. The man in question was a “400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad” named Eric Garner, who screamed over and over again “I can’t breathe!” as “at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.” Garner had a history of arrests for the crime of selling loose cigarettes (yes, you read that right) but didn’t appear to be doing anything at the time of his murder (yes, you read that right too). Police claim that he had been selling loosies, but none were found on him at the time of his death.
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