Caution: Video contains some crude language

New York City police officers killed a man Thursday after he had broken up a fight between two other men. The cops suspected Eric Garner, 43, of Staten Island, of selling untaxed cigarettes, which apparently is a very serious crime in New York City.


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“Every time you see me you want to mess with me,” Garner told cops in the video. “I’m tired of it. It stops today!”

Garner, was described as a “gentle giant” and “a big teddy bear” by those who knew him, died after police officers put him in a chokehold before slamming his head on the ground. His wife, Esaw Garner, said her husband suffered from chronic asthma. The father of six died of a heart attack during the arrest. 

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The NYPD said Garner had been seen selling untaxed cigarettes and that he had been arrested before for the same offense.


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The police officers insisted on placing him in a chokehold and slamming his head to the pavement, piling on top of him as he gasped for air, continually telling the cops that he couldn’t breathe.Selling cigs 2

Now, his family is demanding accountability from the NYPD.

Community residents are attempting to organize a march on Friday.


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