Editorial: The Chokehold of Injustice

On July 17 Eric Garner said his last world known words, “I can’t breathe.” Eric Garner was a 43 year old African American male and father of 6 kids in Staten Island, NY.

Officer Pantaleo, a white male, and other officers on the scene forcefully arrested Eric Garner.  Officer Pantaleo held Mr. Garner in a chokehold while other officers piled on him to hold him down. Throughout the assault Garner repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.” When it came to the point that he actually couldn’t, Garner died.

Why didn’t the officers listen to Garners pleas? What was the need for the choke hold when there was already several officers on top of him?

What was the point of his arrest?

Mr. Garner was a peaceful man protecting his civil rights. Mr. Garner was accused of selling loose cigarettes without tax, but where is the evidence? All around the country protests have occurred in the fight for justice for Garner. But not only for him but for the fight against racism in our country.

“I can’t breathe,” he said, and neither can we. This case is breath-taking. It is shocking that a man, an innocent man, died with no justice. That his murderer, who was sworn in by God and the people of Staten Island, N.Y., who should have been his protector, could ignore his pleas and not receive justice.

Are we protecting this man because he is white or simply because he wears a badge?