Eric Garner death: Father of six dies in police custody after 'chokehold' arrest

Eric Garner, 43, reportedly died of a heart attack after being arrested for allegedly trying to sell untaxed cigarettes

A New York father of six has died of a heart attack while in police custody, just hours after being arrested and put into a suspected illegal chokehold by officers.

Eric Garner, 43, was arrested by police outside a beauty salon on Staten Island under suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.

In footage taken of the arrest and later published by New York Daily News, we see the 350 pound asthmatic Garner approached by two plain clothes officers and questioned about alleged selling of untaxed cigarettes.

Garner says that “he didn’t do s***” and that he was “just minding his own business”, before the police ask him to give them his hands so that he can be handcuffed.

When Garner refuses, one of the officers tries to forcibly take his hand.

According to police, Eric Garner was stopped after they had seen him selling untaxed cigarettes According to police, Eric Garner was stopped after they had seen him selling untaxed cigarettes  

On resisting arrest, the officer behind Garner gets the 6 ft 3 man into a chokehold and is supported by another group of officers that step in to assist with the arrest.

During the police’s efforts to restrain Garner, you can audibly here the asthmatic tell police that he cannot breathe.

The video then shows an unconscious Garner on the floor as police try to clear people away from the scene.

Read More Stories: Widow of lung cancer victim wins $23.6bn in damages from tobacco company
Father assaults man after catching him 'sexually abusing his son'
American-Palestinian boy filmed 'being beaten by Israeli police

A statement from the NYPD spokesman on Thursday said the Garner “was being placed in custody” before going into went into cardiac arrest and dying at the Richmond University Medical Center.

Since then NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton has said that the video footage could have appeared to show one of  the restraining officers employing an illegal chokehold, the type of which is prohibited in the NYPD patrol guide because it can be fatal.

It was announced on Saturday that two of the Policemen involved in the arrest had been stripped of their badges  and guns.

Eric Garner, father of six children and two grandchildren, with an unidentified woman Eric Garner, father of six children and two grandchildren, with an unidentified woman

Seven year recruit Daniel Pantaleo and another unnamed officer had been taken off the streets and were currently carrying out deskwork.

According to the NYPD, Garner had a history of selling untaxed cigarettes and that officers had observed his selling his wares on Thursday prior to his arrest.

However, Ramsey Orta, 22, a friend of Garner and the person that videoed the footage refuted this, saying that Garner had only just split up a fight between two other men.

There has been much public anger since Garner’s death and a rally was held on Saturday at the National Action Network on Staten Island to protest against police brutality.

There were emotional scenes as Esaw Garner, the widow of Eric Garner, who was due to speak at the event, was unable to and broke down on stage unable.

New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has had to cancel a planned holiday to Italy to ensure a thorough investigation into the death takes place New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has had to cancel a planned holiday to Italy to ensure a thorough investigation into the death takes place

On Friday, Mayor of New York Bill De Blasio said that “It was very troubling” and “very sad to watch.”

He has since cancelled his holiday to Italy to ensure that a full investigation could take place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
Life and Style
love + sex
Arts and Entertainment
Victoria Wood, Kayvan Novak, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles
tvReview: No soggy bottoms, but plenty of other baking disasters on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off
Sport
Ashley Young celebrates the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle
footballNewcastle 0 Man United 1: Last minute strike seals precious victory
Life and Style
Tikka Masala has been overtaken by Jalfrezi as the nation's most popular curry
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Seth Rogan is one of America’s most famous pot smokers
filmAmy Pascal resigned after her personal emails were leaked following a cyber-attack sparked by the actor's film The Interview
News
Benjamin Netanyahu and his cartoon bomb – the Israeli PM shows his ‘evidence’
people
Arts and Entertainment
80s trailblazer: comedian Tracey Ullman
tv
News
i100
Life and Style
A statue of the Flemish geographer Gerard Kremer, Geradus Mercator (1512 - 1594) which was unveiled at the Geographical Congree at Anvers. He was the first person to use the word atlas to describe a book of maps.
techThe 16th century cartographer created the atlas
Arts and Entertainment
Stephen Tompkinson is back as DCI Banks
tvReview: Episode one of the new series played it safe, but at least this drama has a winning formula
News
i100
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: UI / UX Designer

£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This firm are focussed on assis...

Recruitment Genius: General Processor

£7 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a General Processor ...

Recruitment Genius: Outbound Sales Executive - B2B

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A great opportunity has arisen ...

Recruitment Genius: Online Sales and Customer Services Associate

£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Full time and Part time positio...

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot