Eric Garner Bio: He was a 43-year-old African American man. He had been a horticulturist at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation but quit for health reasons.
Eric Garner Biography
He was born on 15 September 1970 in New York. his mother was a subway operator. He grew to 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 350 pounds.
Eric worked as a mechanic and then in the city’s horticulture department for several years before health problems, including asthma, sleep apnea, and complications from diabetes, forced him to quit.
Wife & Children
He had six children, ranging in age from eighteen years to three months, and was with his wife, Esaw, for over twenty years.
Although Garner was known in his community as a ‘gentle giant,’ he was arrested over thirty times in his life, mostly for lower-level offenses such as selling untaxed cigarettes, driving without a license, and marijuana possession.
Eric Garner Death and Cause
On July 17, 2014, He reportedly broke up a fight broke on a busy street in the Staten Island neighborhood of Tompkinsville.
Upon arrival at the scene, New York Police Department officers confronted Garner and accused him of illegally selling individual cigarettes or ‘loosies.’
A passerby recorded Garner, who had filed a 2007 harassment complaint against the NYPD in federal court, responding, I’m tired of it. This stops today.
Several officers now surrounded the unarmed Garner and one of them, Daniel Pantaleo, who was white, placed Garner in a chokehold and took him to the ground. With Pantaleo’s arm around his neck, Garner could be heard repeatedly gasping his last words: I can’t breathe.
A short time later, He was pronounced dead at Richmond University Hospital. Although police argued Garner was resisting arrest, the chokehold used by Officer Pantaleo had been cited as a ‘dangerous maneuver’ by the NYPD and officially banned in 1993.
On August 1, 2014, the city medical examiner classified Garner’s death as a homicide, and a grand jury was convened on August 19 to hear possible charges against the officers involved. On August 23, over a thousand protesters demonstrated peacefully near the site where Garner died.
In the aftermath of Garner’s death and the grand jury’s decision, I can’t breathe became a massive topic on social media and a rallying call among protesters around the country.
During warm-ups before a December 8, 2015 NBA game in Brooklyn between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland (Ohio) Cavaliers, players on both teams, including Cleveland superstar LeBron James, wore I can’t breathe t-shirts.
Other NBA stars such as Derrick Rose of the Chicago (Illinois) Bulls and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles (California) Lakers also wore the shirt. These high-profile demonstrations were publicly endorsed by President Barack Obama afterward. In July 2015, a $5.9 million settlement was paid to the Garner family, with the city of New York admitting no liability.
The Justice Dept. will not bring federal charges against the police officer who held Eric Garner in an apparent chokehold, reports @nytimes.
The NYPD bans chokeholds. Examiners say it partly caused Garner's death.
The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, still has his job. pic.twitter.com/ocRBZtA9cD
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 16, 2019