In case no one yet has answered the silly question, "was he really under arrest?":
At 10 p.m., the NYPD's press office issued the following statement about Garner's death:
"On Thursday, July 17, 2014 at approximately 1648 hours, police observed a 43-year-old male selling untaxed cigarettes in front of 202 Bay Street within the confines of the 120 Precinct. Upon attempting to arrest the suspect for the violation, the suspect went into cardiac arrest and was transported by EMS to Richmond University Medical Center where he was pronounced DOA. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing."Differing accounts emerge as NYPD identifies man who died while being arrested in Tompkinsville | SILive.comPublic records show Garner was out on $4,000 bond or $2,000 cash bail -- he has three pending criminal cases against him, all involving charges of possession and sale of untaxed cigarettes, from arrests in May, March and last August. In the August case, police also charged him with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, false personation and marijuana possession.
You asked "The ME said the police killed him? Link?"
I gave you numerous links. All of which say:
The cause of Garner's death was "compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police," said Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office. The death was ruled a homicide.
This has absolutely nothing to do with cigarette taxes, or any of the other nonsense you posted.
The NYPD (and many other departments) have spent well over a decade utilizing the "Broken Windows" theory of policing. They aggressively target minor offenses, on the theory that if you stop the minor offenses, then you prevent the more serious offenses. (Since crime rates have been declining fairly regularly in NYC since the early 1990s, it's not clear that it actually works.)
As a result, the NYPD routinely holds a zero-tolerance policy towards just about any infraction whatsoever. A joint in the pocket, beating a $2.50 subway fare, vandalism, whatever. Cops will be on you... especially if you're black or Hispanic.
The fact that Garner happened to be stopped for illegally selling single cigarettes has absolutely nothing to do with what happened to him. He apparently died while in police custody because while they were trying to detain him, they compressed his neck and chest, and kept him in a prone position.
Why do you suppose the police wanted to question Garner?
Last edited by Grant; 12-06-14 at 03:46 PM.