Last week’s death of Eric Garner, who was killed after a New York police officer apparently used an illegal choke hold during his arrest, has sparked outrage not only throughout New York City, but also throughout the country and online.
The violent arrest, which was captured on a cellphone video, was called “very troubling” by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. On Sunday, the Rev. Al Sharpton, speaking at Riverside Church in Manhattan, said he was appalled at the way police had handled the situation.
“None of them said, ‘Let’s stop. He can’t breathe,’” the activist told churchgoers, the New York Daily News reports. “Even if police procedures don’t kick in, when does your sense of humanity kick in? Have we gotten so cold?”
So far two officers who were involved have been stripped of their badges and guns, and four EMS workers have been placed on modified duty.
As many social media have rallied in support of Garner, the blue wall of silence on various Internet communities reinforces the negative connotation that exists for the boys in blue.
PoliceOne.com is a popular online community for law-enforcement members where a recent article in regard to Garner’s death was posted. Anonymous members, who have to be verified by the site to show that they are actually police officers, have commented on the article, and not only are the comments telling of the mentality of officers, but also, not shocking in the least.
If you can’t breath you can’t be able to talk. This POS died because he was a coronary waiting to happen. I am sure if he had just let them cuff him he might of been ok to eat another triple decker burger with double bacon again. But fat boy had to over exert himself and his blocked arteries caught up with him.