If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
Knock the officer's arm away isn't resisting arrest.
The requirement for resisting arrest is first the person is told s/he is under arrest. I have yet to see that he was. In fact, all accounts I have read including what the officer said was that he was trying to detain Garner for an investigation of selling cigarettes illegally. Detaining someone is not the same as arresting someone, and again first he had to be told he was being detained before he could be resisting detainment.
IF that standard is met - telling him - only then do you reach the question of what may an officer do it a person is resisting arrest.
IF that had been done and if he was "resisting" - comes the question of what to do next. What about sneak up behind him and hit him in the head with a club? What about the other officer kicking him in the groin? Jabbing him in the eyes?
What was done was an officer snuck up behind him and jumped up on his back by surprise, with his arm around Garner's throat. To no surprise, Garner stumbled backwards, pressing the officer against a pane of glass - for which that officer now not only was endangering Garner's life, but his own. According to the officer, at that point he began a choke hold fearing for his own life that the window pane would break. Of course, that also meant there was fear to fear for Garner's life from that glass too.
From there other officers rushed Garner.
Jumping on Garner's back and with an arm around his neck was a violent, physical assault. The question then being was it a legal violent physical assault? It is acknowledged his assault was in violation of well known police policy. Violating police policy isn't a crime, but it does challenge whether he was rightly acting as a police officer. That policy prohibited assault - according to the officer - immediately endangered his own life and that of Garner. Ultimately, the coroner (an expert and not an anti-police person) rules on an autopsy that this assault's choke hold is what killed Garner. Thus, the officer's surprise assault from behind - an assault contrary to police policy - was a lethal assault.
it is from that the call for manslaughter/murder charges were called for by many people. I don't agree. I think the officer should have been charged with reckless endangerment and official oppression. Reckless endangerment because his police policy prohibited assault endangers his and Garner's life by the officer's own statement. Since this violated departmental policy and was an assault, he was wrongly acting under the color of his uniform/badge.
Anyway, that's my opinion.
It is about the same thing as why an Afghani might not be a fan of the US after his village, including friends and family, is droned by the US.
Not rocket science, just predictable human behavior.
The cops are protectors of the status quo, and the status quo is pretty damn rotten from the perspective of young black and latino men in most cities in the US.
Because everytime you see me, you want to harass me. You want to stop me [garbled] Selling cigarettes. I'm minding my business, officer, I'm minding my business. Please just leave me alone. I told you the last time, please just leave me alone." Garner swatted their arms away, saying, "Don't touch me, please." He was then put in a chokehold or headlock from behind by officer Daniel Pantaleo, in order to be subdued.....snip~
According to the Police Union and others Garner was given a lawful order. But the video doesn't show this. I would think there was witness testimony to that issue.
This morning the NYPD Union came out saying the Mayor threw them under the bus.
Isn't THIS the bottom line of all of this---do not mess with cops, they have guns, clubs, dogs and mace, they out number you, they have radios to call for more cops. To all punks that push for trouble do you still not understand you are going to GET trouble?
Baby boy is getting his 15 minutes in the sun. We'll see if there's any truth to the charge when it gets to court. Hoping to sway the jury by claiming a police frame job is a time honoured defense in America.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.