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Pantaleo May Be Out But the Chokehold Isn’t

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was finally given the official boot by his department. He was fired for violating department policy. The issue was his use of the chokehold in the slaying of Eric Garner. Police departments nationally scrambled furiously in the aftermath of the chokehold death of Garner in 2014 and the non-indictment then of Pantaleo to publicly declare that they do not use the…

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Pete Buttigieg: ‘Systemic racism is a white problem’

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By Paul LeBlanc, CNN — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Thursday said “systemic racism” in the US is a “white problem” in the wake of two mass shootings in the US last weekend — one of which involved a white supremacist suspect. Speaking at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in Miami, Buttigieg said, “We are by no means even halfway done dealing with systemic racism in this country.…

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Activists with Black Lives Matter protest in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in the wake of a decision by federal prosecutors who declined to bring civil rights charges against New York City police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

America’s deadly wealth pyramid: Eric Garner stood his ground and was crushed for it

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Garner scratched-out a living in the gray market. “Not today,” he said when cops came for him. Now he’s dead. By Bob Hennelly, Salon — On the fifth anniversary of Eric Garner’s homicide we were flooded with the video images of his takedown by NYPD officers. What’s been lost in this retrospective was Mr. Garner’s defiant stand minutes earlier when he was first confronted by the police for the economic “high…

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Will Stephon Clark be Different?

Will Stephon Clark be Different?

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson — One week after the slaying of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police officers, prosecutors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana announced that the officers who gunned down Alton Sterling will not be prosecuted. The general reaction was ho hum, what else is new. The public cynicism over prosecuting cops who overuse deadly force against unarmed blacks is well warranted.  The checklist of names–Tamir Rice, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Michael…

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Did Racism Kill Erica Garner?

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The 27-year-old activist whose father’s killing sparked a national outcry did not die at the hands of police like him. But her death is still an outrage that speaks to systemic American hate. By Deborah Douglas — After 43-year-old Eric Garner was killed by an illegal NYPD chokehold on Staten Island in 2014, his daughter Erica cried out for police reform in America. Her dad’s alleged offense—selling loose, untaxed cigarettes—fit into a pattern of…

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Erica Garner Never Stopped Fighting

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By Katie Halper — In July 2014, when Erica Garner was 23 years old, her father was killed by police officers on Staten Island. In a video taken by an onlooker, white NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo places Eric in a chokehold, pressing his face to the ground while he is handcuffed, as Eric repeats the phrase “I can’t breathe.” After lying motionless on the ground for several minutes, Garner was loaded into an ambulance, where he suffered a fatal heart attack en route to the hospital. He was 43.

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