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Former Cop on Eric Garner Police killing: “They didn’t try to save him”

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?

 

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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.

 

 

James

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  1. Where are all of the black politicians and lawyers and pastors? Stand up and make make yourselves known. By doing nothing you are just as guilty as these police. You too have this man's blood on your hands by staying silent. Now is the time! What kind of training do these police get?. Strike first and ask questions later? What ever happened to the art of talking someone down? Although I am white, I live in the south. I would not care if the man was green, purple or orange. This was WRONG. I see it everyday in Florida. The issue is with the police. This man was respectful and unarmed. If you watch the video he even said "officer just leave me alone". He did not smart mouth the police, attempt to run, or as far as I can see do anything that would warrant this type of brutal force . This excessive force seems to be the new mantra. Even when an officer needs to use his gun, they do not use it to disable the suspect, they shoot to kill. I have viewed many posts on this heart breaking video, and some of the comments make me sick. One said if he had taken better care of himself and did not weigh 400 lbs then he would not have died. What crap! Look at the size of some of those police they were just as big. Isn't it even more important that they be in shape and fit? One other lady kept making posts that said "That's what Mr. Garner gets for resisting arrest." What kind of ignorance is that ? A man is dead and she felt nothing. Have we all lost our sense of humanity and compassion? Instead she should be asking why did the police just not tell him to move along for such a minor offense. Yes the police do have a dangerous job and there are times where the public as well as their own safety is at stake. But this was a time where the police needed to see it for what it was a minor infraction, not worthy of this violence which resulted in death. In all of the United States is there not one educated man or woman who will fight for this un-Godly slaughter of mankind? Now is the time to step up! Jessie Jackson I commend you on your efforts, and the grief you suffer at trying to fight for what is right, but you can not do it alone. There were large gains made when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, but apathy and feelings of helplessness have taken hold, as no one man or woman has taken up the fight for this injustice since. Now is the time! You Rev. Jackson are no stranger to this inequality. You have the knowledge, the skills and the connections to be a leader in this fight. Gather your influence, procure the bright men and woman who stand united to fight this and every other form of discrimination inflected on the black community. Form a movement that we the people can get behind so that fairness and justice prevail. If not you, then who? If not now, when? Do not allow Mr. Garner's death to be in vain. Let his death mark the turning point where we as a people say enough is enough. If you are feeling helpless and don't know how to change this then every man, woman, and child, who felt a deep searing pain in their heart for this man, his family, and for the lack of compassion for our fellow human beings need to write Rev. Jackson and ask how they can help put an end to this senseless violence. I pray that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream echo in your heart and fill you with passion and strength. It has been quiet for way too long. Be strong, be proud, and lets make our voices heard. Silence and apathy is the true enemy . Lets start writing and let our voices be heard. May God's strength and guidance lead us to the promised land. SILENCE NO MORE!

  2. Where are all of the black politicians and lawyers and pastors? Stand up and make make yourselves known. By doing nothing you are just as guilty as these police. You too have this man's blood on your hands by staying silent. Now is the time! What kind of training do these police get?. Strike first and ask questions later? What ever happened to the art of talking someone down? Although I am white, I live in the south. I would not care if the man was green, purple or orange. This was WRONG. I see it everyday in Florida. The issue is with the police. This man was respectful and unarmed. If you watch the video he even said "officer just leave me alone". He did not smart mouth the police, attempt to run, or as far as I can see do anything that would warrant this type of brutal force . This excessive force seems to be the new mantra. Even when an officer needs to use his gun, they do not use it to disable the suspect, they shoot to kill. I have viewed many posts on this heart breaking video, and some of the comments make me sick. One said if he had taken better care of himself and did not weigh 400 lbs then he would not have died. What crap! Look at the size of some of those police they were just as big. Isn't it even more important that they be in shape and fit? One other lady kept making posts that said "That's what Mr. Garner gets for resisting arrest." What kind of ignorance is that ? A man is dead and she felt nothing. Have we all lost our sense of humanity and compassion? Instead she should be asking why did the police just not tell him to move along for such a minor offense. Yes the police do have a dangerous job and there are times where the public as well as their own safety is at stake. But this was a time where the police needed to see it for what it was a minor infraction, not worthy of this violence which resulted in death. In all of the United States is there not one educated man or woman who will fight for this un-Godly slaughter of mankind? Now is the time to step up! Jessie Jackson I commend you on your efforts, and the grief you suffer at trying to fight for what is right, but you can not do it alone. There were large gains made when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, but apathy and feelings of helplessness have taken hold, as no one man or woman has taken up the fight for this injustice since. Now is the time! You Rev. Jackson are no stranger to this inequality. You have the knowledge, the skills and the connections to be a leader in this fight. Gather your influence, procure the bright men and woman who stand united to fight this and every other form of discrimination inflected on the black community. Form a movement that we the people can get behind so that fairness and justice prevail. If not you, then who? If not now, when? Do not allow Mr. Garner's death to be in vain. Let his death mark the turning point where we as a people say enough is enough. If you are feeling helpless and don't know how to change this then every man, woman, and child, who felt a deep searing pain in their heart for this man, his family, and for the lack of compassion for our fellow human beings need to write Rev. Jackson and ask how they can help put an end to this senseless violence. I pray that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream echo in your heart and fill you with passion and strength. It has been quiet for way too long. Be strong, be proud, and lets make our voices heard. Silence and apathy is the true enemy . Lets start writing and let our voices be heard. May God's strength and guidance lead us to the promised land. SILENCE NO MORE!

  3. Where are all of the black politicians and lawyers and pastors? Stand up and make make yourselves known. By doing nothing you are just as guilty as these police. You too have this man's blood on your hands by staying silent. Now is the time! What kind of training do these police get?. Strike first and ask questions later? What ever happened to the art of talking someone down? Although I am white, I live in the south. I would not care if the man was green, purple or orange. This was WRONG. I see it everyday in Florida. The issue is with the police. This man was respectful and unarmed. If you watch the video he even said "officer just leave me alone". He did not smart mouth the police, attempt to run, or as far as I can see do anything that would warrant this type of brutal force . This excessive force seems to be the new mantra. Even when an officer needs to use his gun, they do not use it to disable the suspect, they shoot to kill. I have viewed many posts on this heart breaking video, and some of the comments make me sick. One said if he had taken better care of himself and did not weigh 400 lbs then he would not have died. What crap! Look at the size of some of those police they were just as big. Isn't it even more important that they be in shape and fit? One other lady kept making posts that said "That's what Mr. Garner gets for resisting arrest." What kind of ignorance is that ? A man is dead and she felt nothing. Have we all lost our sense of humanity and compassion? Instead she should be asking why did the police just not tell him to move along for such a minor offense. Yes the police do have a dangerous job and there are times where the public as well as their own safety is at stake. But this was a time where the police needed to see it for what it was a minor infraction, not worthy of this violence which resulted in death. In all of the United States is there not one educated man or woman who will fight for this un-Godly slaughter of mankind? Now is the time to step up! Jessie Jackson I commend you on your efforts, and the grief you suffer at trying to fight for what is right, but you can not do it alone. There were large gains made when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, but apathy and feelings of helplessness have taken hold, as no one man or woman has taken up the fight for this injustice since. Now is the time! You Rev. Jackson are no stranger to this inequality. You have the knowledge, the skills and the connections to be a leader in this fight. Gather your influence, procure the bright men and woman who stand united to fight this and every other form of discrimination inflected on the black community. Form a movement that we the people can get behind so that fairness and justice prevail. If not you, then who? If not now, when? Do not allow Mr. Garner's death to be in vain. Let his death mark the turning point where we as a people say enough is enough. If you are feeling helpless and don't know how to change this then every man, woman, and child, who felt a deep searing pain in their heart for this man, his family, and for the lack of compassion for our fellow human beings need to write Rev. Jackson and ask how they can help put an end to this senseless violence. I pray that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream echo in your heart and fill you with passion and strength. It has been quiet for way too long. Be strong, be proud, and lets make our voices heard. Silence and apathy is the true enemy . Lets start writing and let our voices be heard. May God's strength and guidance lead us to the promised land. SILENCE NO MORE!

  4. Where are all of the black politicians and lawyers and pastors? Stand up and make make yourselves known. By doing nothing you are just as guilty as these police. You too have this man's blood on your hands by staying silent. Now is the time! What kind of training do these police get?. Strike first and ask questions later? What ever happened to the art of talking someone down? Although I am white, I live in the south. I would not care if the man was green, purple or orange. This was WRONG. I see it everyday in Florida. The issue is with the police. This man was respectful and unarmed. If you watch the video he even said "officer just leave me alone". He did not smart mouth the police, attempt to run, or as far as I can see do anything that would warrant this type of brutal force . This excessive force seems to be the new mantra. Even when an officer needs to use his gun, they do not use it to disable the suspect, they shoot to kill. I have viewed many posts on this heart breaking video, and some of the comments make me sick. One said if he had taken better care of himself and did not weigh 400 lbs then he would not have died. What crap! Look at the size of some of those police they were just as big. Isn't it even more important that they be in shape and fit? One other lady kept making posts that said "That's what Mr. Garner gets for resisting arrest." What kind of ignorance is that ? A man is dead and she felt nothing. Have we all lost our sense of humanity and compassion? Instead she should be asking why did the police just not tell him to move along for such a minor offense. Yes the police do have a dangerous job and there are times where the public as well as their own safety is at stake. But this was a time where the police needed to see it for what it was a minor infraction, not worthy of this violence which resulted in death. In all of the United States is there not one educated man or woman who will fight for this un-Godly slaughter of mankind? Now is the time to step up! Jessie Jackson I commend you on your efforts, and the grief you suffer at trying to fight for what is right, but you can not do it alone. There were large gains made when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, but apathy and feelings of helplessness have taken hold, as no one man or woman has taken up the fight for this injustice since. Now is the time! You Rev. Jackson are no stranger to this inequality. You have the knowledge, the skills and the connections to be a leader in this fight. Gather your influence, procure the bright men and woman who stand united to fight this and every other form of discrimination inflected on the black community. Form a movement that we the people can get behind so that fairness and justice prevail. If not you, then who? If not now, when? Do not allow Mr. Garner's death to be in vain. Let his death mark the turning point where we as a people say enough is enough. If you are feeling helpless and don't know how to change this then every man, woman, and child, who felt a deep searing pain in their heart for this man, his family, and for the lack of compassion for our fellow human beings need to write Rev. Jackson and ask how they can help put an end to this senseless violence. I pray that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream echo in your heart and fill you with passion and strength. It has been quiet for way too long. Be strong, be proud, and lets make our voices heard. Silence and apathy is the true enemy . Lets start writing and let our voices be heard. May God's strength and guidance lead us to the promised land. SILENCE NO MORE!

  5. While the police may have been wrong but if Gardner had not broken the law over and over and perhaps in the same spot and not resist arrest he may have been still alive.

  6. Yes it was all his fault. Those stupid blacks. UUUG! First they shackled themselves up and enslaved themselves… for centuries, they begged for Jim Crow and segregation.. ALL THEIR FAULTS! After all, these whites were only helping them accomplish their goals of being the most h
    ated creatures in our god fearing, country of liberty and justice f or some.

  7. @Coleen Nugent-Freshman: Your heart is in the right place, but I think all that you've written is a waste of time….especially when Mr. Jackson has been on the frontline for years, and look at the shape of black people compared to other races…especially whites. Nothing has really changed that much. Mr. Jackson along with Rev Al Sharpton and others are not the solution to these injustices. Want to know who? White people. If more white people like yourself would voice their concerns about what is happening, only then, things will begin to change for the better. Because as we all know throughout the history of these United States, black people are only 2/5th of a person. For heaven sake, when the constitution was written, (which was a joke in itself)…because part of it clearly states, "All men are created equally." Those racist people were probably standing on the backs of their slaves while that bull crap were written. But…I digress.
    Since white people are totally human, they are the only ones that can change this. If they continue to be silent like they have, then, life continues for most of us (black people). The rest? Well, you know.

  8. William's point is well-taken but a poor white man could sell cigarettes, crack, and meth–probably supplied by the police– and never receive a ticket or even a reprimand.

  9. Yes, they were faking it and that's why they didn't perform CPR because they knew he was dead! #SMH! I don't care what his criminal past—-it does not justify their actions! #dirtycops

  10. I did not know that selling cigarettes warrants the death penalty!!!

  11. Really. What is wrong with just simply taking his cigarettes and keep it pushing and look for them guys who commit mass shootings of innocent people. Ask yourself who commits these type of crimes. You know who they are!!!

  12. Why don't the NY police focus on real financial crimes and non-taxed transactions on wall street. If true this man was killed because in the past he re-sold single cigarettes and the police were suspicious. I am sure he or someone at one time must have already purchased the whole pack and paid the tax then. People complete non-taxed transactions all the time. These cigarette taxes and gun laws are all regressive and and the police focus on the poor and minorities when selectively enforcing these laws.

  13. That's the same I was wondering, why weren't they administering CPR if he wasn't breathing. The EMT faked it and the police even answered the person who were recording and said, they weren't doing it because "he's already breathing." BS.

    Sad to say, but nothing is going to change because everybody is going to vent on FB and twitter and on talk shows and radio shows, but nothing is going to be done to those officers. They killed him and allowed him to die, but the police is always right and justified nowadays. It's scary because more and more videos are appearing with police officers, beating people and punching old ladies and god knows what else. Scary? Yes. Justified? No

  14. The officers knew Mr Garner was dead when he was on the ground this was murder by the hands of the police, me garner said he couldn’t breathe that alone tells you he is suffocating. But they didn’t care.

  15. SHAME ON YOU WHITE TRASH COPS!!!

  16. You are so right. Many white people sit back and say "oh what a shame" and then forget about it. If it is not happening in their own back yard or to their family then they just go on with their lives. There is also the problem of some white people are still fighting the Civil war and still believe that they are superior. I was raised in N.Y. and when I moved to the south (Fla.) the division between black and white was so overwhelming I could not believe it. Many places have gone underground with their hatred, which is very scary. They will smile in your face, and then stab you in the back.
    I'm not sure how others feel but, I want to know what I am dealing with so there can be an open conversation. The other problem I see is the judicial system which sets the bar for many attitudes. I try to vote for candidates that are open to change, but to get political power there has to be money in it for them. Most of the money in this country is controlled by white men. Look at what they are doing to Obama. I think he is a progressive man, and is on the right path, but is being blocked every step of the way by these white men. They bad mouth him, print false statements about him, and try to sabotage his every move. The whites that hate blacks watch this and then feel justified in their hatred. As soon as any group or person gets enough money and power to challenge them the mega-wealthy white male feels threatened and crushes them, bringing them to their knees, or worse yet kills them. They will stop at nothing. Woman have also been feeling this for centuries, and that is why this issue of discrimination. racism, sexism, and all the other foul practices that take place in this country really upset me. Movement for change in this country goes at a snails pace. And you are right all of us, black, white, green and yellow need to keep screaming foul, and draw attention to these injustices. We must be relentless,, because silence will be the death of us all ( except for the mega-rich white male).

  17. No Head tilt Chin lift,no Oropharangeal airway, no bag valve mask, or even 15 litres of oxygen perminute. No chest compresions or ventilations, no spine board or collar. Just a bunch of people standing around who are supposed to be ignorant of procedures.

  18. Their is a way to stop this when we wake up and find out it's time for us to stop killing one another because we are our own enemy.

  19. Keith, my judgement is that you are so oblivious to the main point here. His reason for being stopped by the police is irrelevant. If he was jaywalking, selling untaxed cigarettes or speeding, the unlawful, unfair, inhumane and just plain bad treatment by the police towards him is irrefutable. These men & women are in positions of authority & have a responsibility to the public, their families & themselves. They take oaths to uphold & protect the law. The badge, position, & weapon (if it applies) they carry does not give any person in uniform the right to mistreat civilians (regardless of their color, race, sex or standing with the police). That isn't a hard concept to follow. If you are blaming this man for his police record, let's take it a step further & blame the cigarette companies, or the tobacco farmers or perhaps even his mother for having him. It's absolutely ludicrous that you would even bring up him breaking the law or standing on the same spot… Get a grip on the reality of some people who are not at privileged as you to not have to worry about the blatant discrimination, harassment of a man because he is black. That's how I see it. Do your research on racism, white privilege, race relations etc. before you chime in on things you know nothing about.

  20. @KYSEL- I can tell when a person has never been in a life or death situation…… or who has made a serious judgment call.

  21. so did Bundy and he stole public land and he aint dead

  22. Why isn't the media exploring the negligence of attempting to revive Mr. Garner?

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