seven days without a pun makes one weak
MY OLD ENGLISH TEACHER SENT ME THIS VIDEO IN AN EMAIL TITLED “I THOUGHT YOU’D APPRECIATE THIS”
Regardless of whether Eric Garner ever sold untaxed cigarettes in his lifetime, regardless of whether he was selling untaxed cigarettes that day or at that moment, regardless of whether the NYPD were called to the scene to arrest him for these alleged crimes, and regardless of the fact that he was resisting arrest, he was not resisting through any violent means, and the NYPD had no reason to use such violence to arrest him, ultimately leading to his death. Regardless of the fact that the NYPD did use violence to arrest him, when he repeated “I can’t breathe”, they should have helped him, not continued hurting him. Regardless of whether their job was to arrest Eric, he was already on the ground, they should have placed him in handcuffs, not continued choking him, shoving their knees into his back, and pushing his face into the sidewalk. Eric was not “complaining” that he couldn’t breathe, he was pleading it, gasping it. And regardless of what he may or may not have done, he did not deserve death brought upon by ill-judgement of an officer sued twice for using illegal chokeholds (illegal for this reason) in the past. So regardless of whether it was a chokehold or not, a man is dead, and the man responsible for it was merely demoted to office work. What the fuck.