‘Demonized’ NYPD officers claim obese, asthmatic chokehold victim Eric Garner contributed to his own death and that he shouldn’t have resisted arrest

Sunday, December 7, 2014
By Paul Martin

Eric Garner was killed by officers in July who grabbed his neck
Sparked waves of protest and calls for police reform
Medical report found chokehold killed Garner but ill health contributed
Police union reps say NYPD has been ‘thrown under the bus’ by politicians

Kieran Corcoran

7 December 2014

Police officers in the NYPD have hit back at outraged protesters furious at the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died in a police chokehold, saying he brought it upon himself.

Union officials and police supporters have seized on findings showing that Garner’s asthma and obesity contributed to his death, and say they feel ‘thrown under the bus’ by demonstrations and politicians.

They also said that more people should have been pointing out that Garner was wrong to resist arrest when confronted by officers in State Island, New York City, this July.

He was wrestled to the ground and repeatedly told officers ‘I can’t breathe’ as white patrolman Daniel Pantaleo held him round the neck.

He died in the wake of the confrontation – over the illegal sale of loose cigarettes – but a grand jury this week decided there would be no indictment over this death.

The verdict, following close behind the decision not to charge officer Darren Wilson for shooting dead Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted waves of ongoing protests – which have left officers sore.

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