He died because his heart stopped, not because he couldn't breath. Now, choking him was a likely factor in his heart stopping...stress kills fat people. It's a fact.
Also a fact?
Resisting arrest, no matter the offense, can, and likely WILL, result in violence, and a continuing escalation of such until either all of them, or you, are dead. There is no other option.
Cops should, what? Let unhealthy people go? Sit around for five hours trying to reason with unreasonable people? Cops get paid by the hour, folks. Should they negotiate with the people they intend to arrest? "Oh, sorry, sir, you DON'T want these cuffs? Well, I'll tell you what...you don't tell anyone about this, and I'll just let you right on in the back of my car, ok? Just for you."
Here's the facts. This guy clearly broke a rule, no matter how insignificant. He was placed under arrest for the, what, 30th time? He resisted. He did not comply with the orders issued him by the arresting officer. The officer then proceeded to use force, to which, he resisted that as well. The force escalated. Again, what you want the cops to do? Apologize? Let him go? But only those that REALLY don't want to get arrested, and only if it's not a serious crime?
You have a problem with the law he broke, take that up with those that write them, and more importantly, those that vote in those that write them...not the people charged with enforcing them.
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Black guy on street accused of petty crap. A gang of white officers kill him with one sneaking up behind him using an illegal choke hold on him which had been barred for decades. Thats a very complete picture.
New York state must be one really badass place when you can get the death penalty for selling loose cigarettes.
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Do you realize how hypocritical you look when you agreed with Clive Bundy's bull**** argument about ancestral rights* while ignoring that he broke the law by not paying millions in taxes and then come here justifying this vicious attack by the NYPD because someone decided this guy was the worst criminal since... I don't know... any other low level bootleg cigarette peddler in the continental US?
*Whatever the **** that bull**** means in a country where one group of people showed up and destroyed another people's culture over land.
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