Just days before New York City police officers killed father of 6, Eric Garner, for breaking up a street fight, the NYPD was caught on camera applying another illegal choke hold.
The Free Thought Project
July 23, 2014
The choke hold has been prohibited by the NYPD for decades as means of force. In 1994 the NYPD made national headlines for an illegal choke hold made by officer Francis X. Livoti, which led to the death Anthony Baez. Since then, the department has had an official policy banning the use of this life threatening application of force.
However, that has not stopped them from using it.
In recent years there have been over 1,000 complaints against the NYPD for officers using choke holds.
The banned practice is apparently so common that it was caught on video by a citizen only a few days prior to it being used to kill Eric Garner.
The video below was uploaded to facebook on the 14th of July.
Witnesses say an argument between a young man and a police officer broke out near 125th Street in New York.
The situation escalated rapidly according to witnesses. Allegedly the officer punched the man in the face during the quarrel which led to him being placed in a dangerous choke hold. The man is then arrested as he bleeds from his face.
Yes, the man is ‘resisting’ to a certain degree in the video. However, police officers frequently act like it is simple to just lay down on the ground and let men, known to kill innocent people, simply kneel on your neck while they painfully bend your arms behind you to place you in cuffs.
Not wanted to get slammed to the ground, is NOT resisting.