ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Eric Garner's Murder by NY Police Officers assisted by EMS.

Updated on August 10, 2014

The Murder of Eric Garner

Thursday July 17, 43 year old Eric Garner died Thursday afternoon as multiple NY police officers attempted to take him into custody on suspicion of selling cigarettes. His death was officially ruled a homicide due to the illegal use of the chock hold applied by a NY officer which resulted in his death.

The medical examiners autopsy suggests Garner's health problems combined with the administering of the choke-hold, while pinning him to the ground, may have caused his fatal heart attack.

Several times during the altercation Eric Garner repeatedly said “I can't breathe.” The officers response was to continue to subdue and apply the choke hold without mercy or care. The EMS team arrived and it was obvious they could care less about attempting to assist Eric Garner in his time of crisis. As a result of their lack of attention to administer to Eric Garner's condition they were placed on suspension.

A New York Times Article reported: The Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent city agency that investigates allegations of police abuse, logged 233 allegations involving choke-holds in 2013, making up 4.4 percent of the excessive-force complaints it received.

Eric Garner, father of 6, had been arrested more than30 times, most often on charges relating to selling illegal cigarettes. Mr. Garner often felt target and harassed by NY police officers unfair. This harassment was made evident by Mr. Garner, in 2007, filing a complaint in federal court accusing a police officer of conducting a cavity search of him on the street, “digging his fingers in my rectum in the middle of the street” as people walked by.

On the day Eric Garner died he confronted the police officers with chilling words that came to fruition in the worst way: “I’m tired of it,” he said. “This stops today.” Prior to the NY officers arrest attempt Garner told officers: “I didn’t do nothing. Every time you see me, you want to harass me, you want to stop me.”

Moments before his death Eric Garner had reportedly intervened resulting in the ending a potential altercation. Who knew moments later the NY police department's officers actions would end his life.

The Reverend Al Sharpton and director Spike Lee quickly commented on the injustice of Eric Garner's death. Spike Lee released a video of the movie he released in 1989 “Do The Right Thing” which brought to the forefront this issue of racism and police brutality with the death of a character in the movie administered by NY police department officers using the choke-hold. After the murder of the character in the movie, the officer callously threw him in the backseat of the patrol vehicle-dead. Art imitates life and in 2014 yet again it was a choke-hold and the EMS that could care less about Eric Garner or his 6 children and his grandchildren doing little to nothing to administer perhaps life saving techniques. Suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes apparently is justification for death.

Former police officer Eric Garner summed up the situation the best when he said “no one tried to save him.”


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)