NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is demanding that all 35,000 of his cops be retrained following the incident that killed Eric Garner.
Although the New York Daily News reports that an autopsy done on Eric’s body has turned up “inconclusive” results about the cause of his death, Bill told reporters at a press conference that he expects the victim’s family to press charges in a civil lawsuit.
NYPD cops aren’t even allowed to use chokeholds on suspects because they’ve been banned as a restrictive measure for 20 years!
While the department awaits the anticipated legal action from Eric’s family, Bill said, “This department clearly needs to do more training.” He’s also ordered a full-scale review of training methods for NYPD officers.
In light of the official ban on chokeholds, it’s not surprising that the NYPD’s internal report does not mention the fact that officer Daniel Pantaleo used one on Eric.
The report obtained by the Daily News also states that Eric went into cardiac arrest as he was placed on the stretcher.
Sgt. Dhanan Saminath claimed that the father of asthmatic father of six “did not appear to be in great distress” during the police confrontation. Meanwhile, Sgt. Kizzy Adonis said his “condition didn’t seem serious and that he did not appear to get worse.”
Kizzy stated later in the report that she could have sworn she “heard [Eric] state that he was having difficulty breathing.”
Director Spike Lee paid tribute to Eric on Instagram yesterday, writing, “Brother Eric Garner No Longer Breathes Courtesy Of Banned NYPD Chokehold. Rest In Power.”
For Spike, the whole incident reminded him of a scene from Do The Right Thing where Radio Raheem was killed by cops during a huge fight.
The symmetry was so strong between the scene he directed and Eric’s real-life situation that he even spliced the clips together. Spike then posted the clip to Instagram and YouTube. You can watch it below.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"