Eric Garner arrest last summer by New York Daily News
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"Broken Windows" Policing and the Violation of Civil Liberties
Many in the U.S. were horrified at the death of Eric Garner, a 300-plus pound, asthmatic, diabetic African-American man with sleep apnea and six children last summer.
Garner was arrested for selling loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street and when he resisted being handcuffed, an arresting officer applied a chokehold. Though the maneuver is theoretically forbidden
in the police manual of procedure, it brought Garner to the pavement, whereupon other police piled in, compressing his chest. A bystander filmed the whole episode on a cell phone and Garner can be heard crying "I can't breathe" eleven times. He died shortly thereafter at Richmond University Medical Center.
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