Garner, a 400 pound asthmatic father, was placed in a chokehold and killed in the presence of eight other police officers and onlookers – one of which taped the actual event – on Thursday July 17.
One officer was even seen going through Garner’s pockets for his cell phone and a box of cigarettes as he laid unconscious on the ground. When paramedics arrived, they did not even provide him with medical attention; they just put him on a stretcher and drove him away.
The cops said that they suspected him of vending untaxed loose cigarettes (aka loosies), giving them a reason to approach him, seeing as how he had a box of untaxed cigarettes on his person.
Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and his shield after the details of the event were seen on tape. He was placed on modified duty. The cops stated that Garner was dead shortly after the paramedics successfully transported him to a Staten hospital.
According to the New York Daily News, a source said that although Garner’s autopsy is still incomplete, there were no signs of neck trauma, and they would most likely name this a heart attack death, despite the officer’s brutally unorthodox takedown.
There is also word that the Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was very upset after he saw the video. Sources also say that the sergeant seen standing by in the video as the attack on Garner occurred has a possibility of getting hit with repercussions for “failure to supervise.”
Reverend Al Sharpton got word of the horrible tragedy and organized a rally in Harlem to remember Garner and advocate for justice for his family that was left behind without a father; Garner had a wife named Esaw Garner and six children.
“There is no justification at all on this chokehold.” Rev. Sharpton stated. “And there is clearly no reason, when a man is saying ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’ that you maintain this chokehold.”
Mayor de Blasio’s spokeswoman Marti Adams stated that, “Mayor de Blasio called Mr. Garner’s wife and mother (Saturday) morning to offer his condolences. He reassured the family that the city is doing everything possible to ensure a full and thorough investigation.”
Garner’s funeral is set to be in Brooklyn at Bethel Baptist Church on Wednesday.