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NYPD Unions Say Eric Garner Was Not Placed In A Chokehold


Representatives from New York City’s police unions have denied that Eric Garner, whose death has been ruled a homicide, was placed in a chokehold by police officers.

Reports DNA Info:

“It was not a chokehold,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said Tuesday at a press conference at PBA headquarters. “He was a big man who had to be brought to the ground to be placed under arrest by shorter police officers.”

“Sometimes the use of force is necessary. But it’s never pretty to watch,” Lynch said.

Lynch also refuted the Medical Examiner’s report that Garner’s death was a homicide.

Lynch, who was flanked by Sargeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins, also rejected the video of the incident and the city’s Medical Examiner’s autopsy report that called Garner’s July 18 death a homicide and said it was caused by a chokehold.

“We’ve never seen a document more political than that document that was released by the [Medical Examiner’s] office,” Lynch said. “The mayor needs to support New York City police officers unequivocally. He needs to say it, and he needs to say it forcefully … It is outrageously insulting to all police officers [to suggest] that we go out on our streets to choke people of color.”

Unfortunately, there is plenty of evidence that says otherwise, sir.

We gotta ask, did these union reps even bother to watch the video? It sure looks like a chokehold to us. And even if it wasn’t a chokehold, did actions of the officers there not lead to Garner’s death?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • Black Power

    The insult to people’s intelligence is mind boggling! The fat that this POS would ignore the ME’s findings is so outrageous! I guess he is desperate to try a Jedi mind trick by telling us all what our eyes clearly saw on the video was just an illusion! How dare the public try and take away our ‘right’ to abuse and brutalize unarmed Black men! FOH,

  • Sartoriallyinc

    My G

  • anu

    DIf the video that we saw is not an officer putting Mr. Garner in a choke hold then what is this being defined as? I really would like to know the answer to this question. I assume know that ME’s now rule causes of death based on apolitical agenda and not by science? If that’s his argument and defense for such an unwarrented act of police brutality against a cigarettes seller then I don’t wish him luck. It’s interesting to see such malarkey statements being made by this union official and sad.

  • Jer Terry

    I was arrested for seating in my own backyard police said someone called to report a robbery but when they got there they seen me sitting down the offices told. They even said that they watch me for like 10 min but didn’t see a robbery ,but I rem just seeing 2 men wit guns hiding behind my neighbours cars ready to shoot as if they were on mission . Then They lock me up for drugs which I had nothing . I lost my job now due to the charge and now home less

  • Victor P. Muhammad

    The “Devil” is a liar!…………

  • Proud American

    Its unfortunate that Eric garner died, you only see part of what transpired in the video. Though I wasn’t present when this went down but that fact of the matter is if Garner was being choked to death, then how the hell can he speak the words “I can’t breathe” 9 Times if he was being choked? Again it’s unfortunate but here’s a man with numerous prior arrests and doing something illegal, got caught, resisted arrest and had to be brought to the ground. I can’t count how many times in my life that I’ve seen criminals being brought down in the same manner as Garner was. Who knew he had a medical condition? Maybe should’ve announced to officers about his condition and not resist arrest!
    Then you have this racist pig Al Sharpton looking for his 15 minutes of fame again. Why because the officer who took down Garner was White? Would he be running his mouth if it was a Black officer that took down Garner? That answer is a Big No!!! Where’s Sharpton when a sick black man targets and brutally kills 2 young children? Where is he when a black man sets up a rookie officer in Jersey City and in cold blood kills him? Where is he when everyday there are black on black killings of young men all over this city? Sharpton the Biggest Racist in America!

    • Django

      Go back to Zenboard, you dumb cracker