Outside City Hall Tuesday, city and state elected officials called for justice for Eric Garner — and more cameras recording cops on city streets.
Mr. Garner, 43, died after police used what appears to be a chokehold to bring him to the ground during an arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes. The incident was caught on camera by several civilians and the video — which Mayor Bill de Blasio declared he was “very troubled” by — was widely circulated by news organizations.
“I am unable to turn away from this compelling indictment of man’s inhumanity to man,” Councilwoman Debi Rose, who represents the Staten Island district where Mr. Garner lived and died, said. “When these images of blatant indifference play over and over, I am sickened by the cavalier attitude of all involved, and frightened, frightened — and so are my constituents, are frightened — that no one took pause to re-think their actions. Did they not hear what the whole world heard? The constrained cries of ‘I can’t breathe?’ over and over and over, until there wasn’t any more?”