July 17, 2014: #EricGarner is murdered by NYPD officers using an ILLEGAL CHOKEHOLD.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., Garner was approached by a plainclothes police officer, Justin Damico, in front of a beauty supply store at 202 Bay Street in Tompkinsville, Staten Island.
According to bystanders, including Ramsey Orta, a friend of Garner's who recorded the incident on his cell phone, Garner had just broken up a fight, which may have drawn the attention of the police—although Garner may also have been selling "loosies" (single cigarettes without a tax stamp) in violation of New York state law.
Garner is heard on the video saying, "Get away for what? Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I'm tired of it. It stops today. Why would you...? Everyone standing here will tell you I didn't do nothing. I did not sell nothing. Because every time you see me, you want to harass me. You want to stop me selling cigarettes. I'm minding my business, officer, I'm minding my business. Please just leave me alone. I told you the last time, please just leave me alone." When Pantaleo approached Garner from behind and attempted to handcuff him, Garner swatted his arms away, saying "Don't touch me, please." Pantaleo then put Garner in a chokehold—which is prohibited by NYPD regulations—from behind.
Pantaleo then pulled Garner backward in an attempt to bring him to the ground; in the process, Pantaleo and Garner slammed into a glass window, which did not break.
As Garner was being brought to the ground, other uniformed officers surrounded him, and Garner went to his knees and forearms and did not say anything for a few seconds. At that point, 3 uniformed officers and the two plainclothes officers had surrounded him.
After 15 seconds, the video showed Pantaleo had removed his arm from around Garner's neck; Pantaleo then used his hands to push Garner's face into the sidewalk.
Garner is heard saying "I can't breathe" 11 TIMES while lying facedown on the sidewalk.
The arrest was supervised by a female African American NYPD sergeant, Kizzy Adoni, who did not intercede.
Adoni was quoted in the original police report as stating, "The perpetrator's condition did not seem