Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, sat before Congress on Thursday and relived the death of her son at the hands of police, as part of a hearing on distrust between law enforcement officers and the communities where they work.
“Five years ago, my beloved son Eric was murdered by people who were supposed to serve and protect,” Carr said in front of the House Judiciary Committee.
Garner died after New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold during a 2014 arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. Video of the incident spread widely online, precipitating protests against police violence and calls for greater police accountability. The NYPD official responsible for training recruits said Pantaleo used a chokehold, an illegal tactic banned since the 1990s, to restrain Garner.
“Eric cried out 11 times, ‘I can’t breathe,’” Carr said Thursday. “But those officers who were on the scene that day, they didn’t seem to care.”
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