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Coverup: Internal NYPD Memo Excludes Illegal Chokehold, States Eric Garner ‘Was Not in Great Distress’ Despite Not Being Able to Breathe

The death of Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD officers, recorded on video for the world to see, left little doubt in the minds of Americans that the police used an illegal chokehold and didn’t let up even when the father-of-six repeatedly told them he couldn’t breathe.

Even Mayor Bill de Blasio says that the officers put Garner into that illegal chokehold.

The internal report on his death, however, smells an awful lot like a coverup after it failed to mention anything about a chokehold and insisted that Garner was not in “great distress” despite repeatedly yelling “I can’t breathe!”

Sgt. Dhanan Saminath told detectives that police “maintained control” of Garner and he “did not appear to be in great distress.”

Sgt. Kizzy Adonis told detectives that “the perpetrator’s condition did not seem serious and that he did not appear to get worse.”

Despite that, Adonis admitted that she “believed she heard the perpetrator state that he was having difficulty breathing.”

The witness that detectives interviewed paints a more honest picture of what happened.

Witness Tasha Allen told investigators that two cops took Garner “by the arms and put him on the ground,” adding that he “struck his head and shoulder on the ground and was telling the officers he couldn’t breathe.”

Allen told them that one officer “had his knee on Mr. Garner’s back and was ordering him to put his hands on his back.”

Even Mayor de Blasio told reporters, “As an individual who’s no expert in law enforcement, it looked like a chokehold to me.”

“I emphasize that you need a full investigation, because all sides need to be heard and all evidence looked at,” he added.

Garner’s mother, 65-year-old Gwen Carr, says she can’t understand why the officers or EMTs didn’t even try to attempt CPR.

“It’s just a lack of humanity,” she said. “That’s what it was. He was nothing to them, but he was our people. He was just a big guy on the street.”

Since the incident, the NYPD have put two officers on desk duty while two EMTs and two paramedics have been suspended without pay.

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  • Antonio Taylor

    This is just a damn shame. And an example of a lack of discipline on the part of the officers. On the video you can clearly hear him say he couldn’t breathe. Then the EMTs get there and do absolutely nothing. The police and the EMTs literally let this man die. And for what? Selling loose cigarettes!

  • FredNY

    I think everyone should be allowed to sell
    illegal cigarette and resist arrest.