The 2014 dying of Eric Garner by the hands of the New York Police Division despatched shockwaves by the town and the nation at massive, with hundreds taking to the streets chanting Garner’s chilling final phrases, caught on video for posterity: “I can’t breathe.” He mentioned it 11 occasions, to no avail.
Garner’s dying got here as the results of a chokehold he’d been put in by a police officer, and whereas it set the nation on fireplace, there was not less than one one who was un-phased: Lieutenant Christopher Bannon, the person who dispatched officers to Garner’s location on the day of his dying. In newly launched textual content messages between him and Sergeant Dhanan Saminath, it was revealed that Bannon mentioned of Garner’s dying: “Not a big deal. We were effecting a lawful arrest.”
Saminath was on the scene for Garner’s dying, and the textual content messages had been launched as a part of Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s disciplinary trial. Pantaleo was the person who put Garner within the unlawful chokehold that killed him. Court docket reporters mentioned there have been gasps within the room when the textual content trade was learn out loud.
Nobody was indicted in Garner’s dying.
Bannon defended the textual content in court docket, saying “My reasoning behind that text message was not to be malicious, it’s to make sure the officer knew [he] was put in a bad situation …To try to bring him down to a level where you put him at ease.”
However Garner’s mom, Gwen Carr, instructed reporters the textual content was a “pure smack in the face.” She had been unaware of the texts till they had been learn aloud. “For the officer to disregard a human life like that …in other words it was business as usual. Leave him there, do what you want to do, go on about your business. That’s what it felt like to me,” she mentioned.
The information follows the revelation that Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old girl who was discovered useless in her jail cell following a controversial arrest in Texas, had recorded unreleased footage of her personal confrontation with the police officer who arrested her, and calls into query simply how a lot info the general public is aware about in the case of conversations round police brutality and extreme power.