Eric Garner

Eric Garner was 6-foot-3 and 350 pounds, known to everyone in his Staten Island neighborhood as “The Gentle Giant.” The 43-year-old father of 6 and grandfather of 3 was the neighborhood peacemaker. He had worked as a mechanic and a horticulturalist for years before persistent health problems forced him to quit. Married for 20 years, he doted on his 3-month-old daughter and tried to stick to his diet, although he had weakness for Spanish food.

Eric Garner was murdered by police on July 17, 2014, for selling cigarettes. After five cops threw him to the ground, one choked Eric for 15 seconds before pushing his face into the sidewalk. Handcuffed, face down on the concrete, and unable to move, he cried “I can’t breathe” eleven times before slipping into unconsciousness. The cops were never charged with any crime.

Black lives matter.

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