As you may recall, Eric Garner was a 43-year-old Black man who was killed by police ficers after being placed in a fatal chokehold back in 2014. The father repeatedly pleaded with the ficers and repeated the words “I can’t breathe,” before later dying asphyxiation. His death added to the slew killings unarmed Black & Brown hands at the hands police. As such, his passing fueled the outcries the Black Lives Matter movement and sparked riots and vigils which called for better treatment minorities when placed under police care. Despite the police ficer involved still pending charges with ongoing legal proceedings, many are still hoping that justice will someday be served. Yet, in the thick a disciplinary hearing, new reports are indicating that the union lawyers representing the police ficer involved in the aforementioned case have made some pretty foul claims with regards to Eric Garner’s cause death.
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It has already been confirmed that Garner died asphyxiation when the chokehold compressed his throat and chest which then triggered a fatal asthmatic attack. However, recent reports by the Washington Post confirm that NYPD union lawyers strongly believe that Garner’s poor health was the true cause death and not the chokehold initiated by ficer Daniel Pantaleo. Pantaleo’s attorney further claims that Garner died because he was “morbidly obese” and called the late father a “ticking time bomb that resisted arrest.”
We expect more details on this later.