Let me warn you that what you‘re about to hear is very disturbing.

As you listen to it I want you to remember this name, Eric Garner.

Soon you’ll hear that name a lot more, once the Malaysian plane and the violence in Gaza start to subside from the headlines.

Eric Garner is the 43-year old man who died after a recent, violent altercation with New York City police officers.

The officers confronted Garner and accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes.

He had be cited several times previously for selling untaxed cigarettes.

The entire thing was caught on videotape.

Then the confrontation escalates when officers move in.

Garner pleads with the officers not to touch him.

The officers wrestle Garner to the ground.

At first you hear him grunting, struggling to breathe and then more clearly he says, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”

And then after a while Garner goes silent, laying on the pavement, motionless, handcuffed for some time until paramedics arrive.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later.

New York City’s mayor Bill De Blasio says what he saw on the cellphone video was very disturbing.

What’s also disturbing is the backstory of the NYPD plain clothes officer accused of placing Gardner in an illegal chokehold that was banned from the NYPD decades ago.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran of the NYPD, has been sued twice for alleged civil rights violations.

According to published reports Pantaleo forced two men to “a humiliating and unlawful strip search” on a Staten Island street where they were forced to “pull their pants and underwear down, squat and cough.”

In that same case he’s also accused of falsely claiming the two men had drugs in their car.

They were arrested.

The charges were dismissed.

So far taxpayers have paid out $30,000 in settlement money in that case.

Reports also show Pantaleo is currently being sued for allegedly falsifying a police report where the suspect was arrested on marijuana-related charges even though he was “committing no crime at the time and was not acting in a suspicious manner.”

For the recent incident with Garner, Pantaleo has been put on desk duty, stripped of his gun pending the outcome of the investigation.

The four EMTs who responded to the chokehold call have been placed on modified duty.

And although a preliminary autopsy reportedly shows Garner had little damage to his neck and trachea eyewitnesses along with Garner’s loved ones believe the force police used that day contributed to his death.

There’s the evidence and the background.

And here’s my take:

Look at the entire video on<>.

It’s debatable whether Garner was resisting arrest.

He appears frustrated, but not violent or confrontational.

Even if Eric Garner had sold untaxed cigarettes previously and was selling them then, he did not have to be handled that way.

He did not have to die.

It’s time for New York’s mayor to have a come to Jesus with the NYPD and its commissioner.

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14 thoughts on “Don Lemon Says It’s Time To Have A Come To Jesus With The NYPD Over Choking Death

  1. seriously on said:

    Chinatown in NYC and every place else their is a Chinatown, has been manufactured knock-off, selling heroin, sweat shops, illegal trafficking in illegals, massage (prostitution parlors) for decades now…Yet they never going in attacking these people at all. So the police know who that can attack and get away with it…Because they do not fair well when they attack whites and Asians particularly.

  2. seriously on said:

    This is not a call to Jesus, it is a call for justice….Don Lemmon and people like him are self-hating Nogroes that believe the historically lynching of black men, women and children is something of yesteryears and the same is true for today…no justice in all cases…Black men, Black women, Black children are becoming endangered by design and plan. However, it is up to African-Americans to not fall into this plan that they lay…One is to respect each other, because no one is going to help us but us.

    • Yeah. That sounds good. Except we can’t stop killing each other long enough to think about respect. I don’t who designed and planned it but, whoever did it did a brilliant job. We’re following the plan to the letter.

  3. jayhowell on said:

    It’s definitely out cry for a change in NYPD procedure starting with the Police Chief and domino effecting down to the police officers handling the serious matter. I feel like their never no justice behind African American issues dealing with police enforcement and infringement behind the matter. Our black men are endanger species were losing them to repeated cycle of violence. The causality rate for violence for black men in our community is at all time high in my opinion.

    • Other races get abused by police also. Black men are an endangered species because of the extermination of blacks by other blacks. There are bad racist cops, but they can’t hold a candle to the violence inflicted upon blacks by other blacks. This thug needs to be prosecuted for murder and depraved indifference. I blame him and the other cops and EMTs that let this man suffocate to death. But they are not responsible for the thousands of blacks killed by other blacks each year. People need to stop latching on to that excuse for the demise of the black man every time a black person is killed by a white person. These are two totally different things. There could not be another black killed by a cop ever again, and black men, women and children will still be slaughtered by the hundreds, every year. By other blacks.

  4. Y-vonne on said:

    The bottom line Frank is that the Choke Hold is still illegal regardless of how the man responded; if he says he can’t breathe than stop already. I pray that they will be held accountable and this will not be swept under the rug. Our Black men are in danger.

    P.S. Just for the record I have heard Don speak on issues of violence against Black women; and I am a Black Woman. We all need to stay forcused and We need to pray and ask God for help in this.

  5. Linda on said:

    The video is what it is. It shows NYPD putting Mr Garner in an “illegal chokehold” which resulted in this mans death!

    Don’t hold your breath for DeBlasio or the Police Commissioner to admit to any wrong doing. NYPD is already in the process of covering their ass!!!

    Mr. Garner’s family has cause for a serious lawsuit–

    Panteleo needs to catch a bullet!!!!

    • Timekeeper on said:

      I share your sentiments, Linda. Too many folks here who believe in the letter of the law, but not the spirit of the law.

  6. Frank on said:

    I heard Don Lemon say that it didn’t look like he was resisting arrest to him. Don Lemon doesn’t know what he is talking about. Fact is far to many of us don’t know what we are talking about when it comes to law enforcement. We rant, rave and protest AFTER a tragedy. Instead of using it as an opportunity to teach.

    If the police tell you that you are under arrest. If you fail to comply with their instructions you are resisting arrest. None of us know the specifics of the arrest or what is going on with the investigation. Only a fool forms an opinion absent of the facts.

    • Even if he was resisting, when he informed him that he couldn’t breath, he should have released him and assessed his breathing. So simple. Yet….

  7. Our people cannot engage in illegal activity and expect not to be arrested. Selling “Lucy’s” or single smokes is illegal. And every criminal says, “I didn’t do nothing.”

  8. Prophetic Imagination on said:

    I thought you wanted us to celebrate being Americans and not hyphenated-Americans. Double standard Don. I can’t help but notice your silence, support and acquiescence when it comes to issues of violence against Black women. What you do and do not say speaks volumes of your self-hatred issues.

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