by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Former police officer Ken Williams gives direct and specific information about the police death of Eric Garner, who died in the hands of the NYPD. According to Williams, the officers involved in the incident, along with the medical personnel in involved in the case, were blatantly negligent in not administering CPR to Garner when he was on the ground.
Williams also says that there was a fraud committed by officers and medical professionals who basically pretended that a deceased man was alive while the cameras were rolling. Garner’s eyes were open and his chest wasn’t moving up and down, yet the EMT appeared to try to speak to him as if he were alive.
Garner was being stopped by police for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. He became upset that officers had been harassing him, when they suddenly took him to the ground. The officers used a chokehold that is considered to be deadly force by the United States Supreme Court, since it cuts off the oxygen supply to the brain.
Garner has been arrested by the NYPD over 30 times for selling the cigarettes, and has fought his cases diligently. According to Legal Aid representatives in the city, Garner wanted to take all of his cases to trial. He even filed a handwritten complaint against the NYPD after he was forced to endure a cavity search in public in front of all of the passers by.
Since Garner’s passing, civil rights activists and community organizers around the country have become up in arms over what happened. Williams says that those involved should be fired, there should be an investigation and that someone should be prosecuted. I support Williams’ assertions. There appears to be a consistent belief in America that black life is worth less than white life, and that the lives of the poor are disposable.
Williams also makes the excellent point that this incident would never have occurred if Garner had been a wealthy white man in a more affluent section of Manhattan. In fact, even many black people can’t imagine a wealthy white man being treated this way. If we can’t imagine it for someone else, why would we consider it to be acceptable for ourselves?
Below is the second video of Garner, when police are not administering CPR on him after it appears that he is dead. Williams says that the officers and EMTs were faking it when they pretended that he was alive. Watch the video and come to your own conclusions.