The New York City medical examiner’s office has deemed Eric Garner‘s death a homicide, and people are demanding justice!
It was determined yesterday that Eric died as a direct result of being placed in a chokehold by a New York Police Department cop. Even though, weight, obesity and asthma did play a factor in his passing, the Associated Press reports that medical examiner ruled that it was homicide.
A rep for the medical examiner told the AP that Eric was killed due to “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”
Staten Island prosecutors are investigating the case, and Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the Justice Department is keeping a close eye on their probe.
Shockingly, even Eric’s death has not caused an immediate, department-wide halt on the use of chokeholds to restrain suspects The NYPD has officially prohibited its cops to use chokeholds for years, but this tragic incident is evidence that officers are ignoring that restriction.
Police Commissioner William Bratton had ordered every cop in the NYPD be retrained on use-of-force policy following the death, but since then two more videos of cops choking people have been made public. In one incident, an officer held his arm across a pregnant woman’s throat when he caught her grilling outside of her home.
Rev. Al Sharpton has called for criminal charges to be brought against the cop that killed Eric. The Huffington Post reports that he believes the illegal manuever is disproportionately used on people of color.
“[The Staten Island District Attorney] needs to say, ‘I’m moving forward to an arrest’ or ‘I’m deferring to the federal government,” Al told a crowd gathered outside of his office in Harlem on Friday.
Eric’s widow, Esaw Garner, made a much more personal plea stating, “I just want them to do the right thing and give me justice for my husband.”
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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! 🙏😄😄😄"