“I didn’t do sh*t!” Garner told the officers from the 120th Precinct when they approached him. “I was just minding my own business. Every time you see me you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today!”
Orta says Garner had just broken up a fight between three men prior to police arriving on the scene and was not selling cigarettes.
“They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth,” Orta told The News. “And that’s it, he was done. The cops were saying, ‘No, he’s OK, he’s OK.” He wasn’t OK.”
Cops soon swarmed Garner, putting him in a choke hold and forcing him to the ground. The 400-pound man tells them "I can't breathe" nine times. He was not armed at the time.
“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” she said.. “I saw him with his eyes wide open and I said, ‘Babe, don’t leave me, I need you.’ But he was already gone, They’re covering their asses, he was breaking up a fight. They harassed and harassed my husband until they killed him,”
NYPD Internal Affairs has launched an investigation into the incident. Watch the video below and let us know your opinion.
Outrage is mounting over the death of Eric Garner on Thursday, July 17 The 43-year old man died after being put in a chokehold that is outlawed in New York City. by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Other cops on the scene hold Garner down while he repeatedly says, "I can't breathe."
Pantaleo was stripped of his badge and gun and placed on modified duty Saturday, pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. He is an eight-year veteran.
"The issue is not whether one was selling cigarettes. The issue was how an unarmed man was subjected to a chokehold, and the result is he is no longer with us," Sharpton said.
"It is too early to jump to any conclusions about this case--we must wait for all the facts and details of the incident to emerge," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.