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Autopsy: Police Chokehold Caused NYC Man's Death

A medical examiner ruled Friday that a police officer's chokehold caused the death of a man whose videotaped arrest and final pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked outrage and led to the overhaul of use-of-force training for the nation's largest police department.

Eric Garner, a black man whose confrontation with a white police officer has prompted calls by the Rev. Al Sharpton for federal prosecution, was killed by neck compressions from the chokehold and "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police," city medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said.

Asthma, heart disease and obesity were contributing factors in the death of the 43-year-old Garner, a 6-foot-3, 350-pound father of six, she said.

The finding increases the likelihood that the case will be presented to a grand jury to determine whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed Garner in the chokehold, or any other officers involved in the confrontation will face criminal charges. Pantaleo's attorney, Stuart London, declined to comment.


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Charge: Selling cigarettes without a license

Verdict: Murder at the scene of the "crime".

Most of the time cops are exonerated in these types of murders. And even if the murderers in blue are found guilty, they do not have to pay the damage claims in lawsuits. That needs to change. When cops can be sued by the victims families, you will see this crap come to an end.

If I, as a teacher, were to

If I, as a teacher, were to cause some sort of harm to a student, you can bet your a** I would be held accountable. Why is this any different? Prosecute him.

You're right,

as you serve the people and protect the kids. They serve and protect only themselves.

My sympathies go out to the

Garner family.

It came to my attention, in videos I recently viewed, that limiting the interaction between the police and the people might have a positive impact in the short run. Here are two videos showing people with Copblock in Manchester, New Hampshire, citizens who took to the streets and warned others of a DUI checkpoint. This video shows their efforts to warn drivers of the checkpoint ahead:


This video shows the impact it had on the DUI checkpoint:


There are two outcomes in my opinion. One, is to slow the police state through lack of participation, where random people can be pulled over, having committed no unlawful act, to check for DUI, asked for license, registration and insurance, subject to a visual or actual search of the interior of their cars with dogs in the wings to sniff for drugs, or two, police departments tightening the screws and legislatures make it unlawful for citizens to warn of approaching a checkpoint (which I believe is the more likely scenario).

I'm interested to see what happens. I also appreciate what these young men and women are attempting.

Thanks for the links.

Unfortunately, I agree that the second outcome is the more likely.

You are welcome.


Please forgive me

for mentioning Al Sharpton, but he was in the story. LOL But, I hope this is, at least, some progress against the police state.

We need to focus on the victim

The victim is an example of how out of control the police are. We are dealing with an automatic Police State.
They seem to have forgotten whose side are they on.
Serve and Protect.
Who protects US against them?

If the courts

were deluged with suits against enough bad cops, maybe the police behavior would improve. We gotta do something.


Right you are.