Due to the power of social media, the world watched as Eric Garner was choked to death by New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo. On July 17, 2014, a group of NYPD officers questioned Garner for selling single cigarettes on the street. He told the officers that he wasn’t selling anything and that he didn’t want to be harassed anymore, but they attempted to arrest him, anyway. When he became uncooperative, he was placed in a chokehold by Pantaleo. Garner repeatedly told the officers “I can’t breathe,” but they ignored him as he weakened and fell to the ground. They killed him on the streets of Staten Island.
CBS New Yorkstates that Al Sharpton sahas said, “If Pantaleo’s case goes to trial, the National Action Network, Black clergy members, and civil rights leaders will pack the courts while wearing neck braces to show solidarity in our fight for justice for the Garner family and victims of police brutality. And if Pantaleo wins this lawsuit, he will continue to pose a threat to all Black and Brown people in New York City.”