On July 17, 2014 Eric Garner was attacked by five New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and choked to death by Officer Daniel Pantaleo. He can be heard saying at least a half dozen times that "I can't breath" during the video of his murder. Garner had just broken up a fight. His alleged victimless crime was selling loose cigarettes.
The NYPD has a gory history of murdering unarmed civilians. In a previous OpEd article , I documented how in 2006, NYPD undercover officers fired about 50 bullets into the car of 23 year old Sean Bell, killing him and permanently injuring his two passengers,. All were unarmed, had no drugs and were on their way home from a New York night club. The families of those victims eventually received over $7 million in taxpayer funded settlements from the NYPD.
Prior to that in 1999, four NYPD officers killed Amadou Diallo after firing 41 shots and hitting him 19 times. The officers asked Diallo for identification while he was in a dimly lit area and when he produced his wallet they falsely believed it was a gun.
James Boyd Shooting APD helmet camera video footage of Albuquerue Police Killing
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NEW MEXICO -- James Boyd:
But a recent OpEd news article provided an extensive article identifying the police force that kills unarmed citizens at the highest rate as the one in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That city has paid out well over $25 million in settlements to families of citizens killed by their police officers just since 2010.
One example is the March 16th murder of James Boyd, a mentally ill homeless man who was camping without a permit at the Eastern Mountain ravine. Boyd was shot and killed by officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, members of a special militarized police unit known as the Repeat Offender Project (ROP). It sports a hangman's noose as its logo. Sandy can be heard on a police transmission calling Boyd a "lunatic" and stating that "I am going to shoot him", which is exactly what he did. Sandy and fellow officer Sean Wallace, who has killed two unarmed civilians, were on the Albuquerque force despite being fired as New Mexico State Troopers for taking payments from Wackenhut while on duty.