Life Imitates Art: Eric Garner And Radio Raheem Die At The Hands Of The NYPD Chokehold

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51 Responses to Life Imitates Art: Eric Garner And Radio Raheem Die At The Hands Of The NYPD Chokehold

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Published on Dec 5, 2014 by Joe Benedett
    Song for Eric Garner

  2. rikyrah says:

    Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
    This is the most insulting, racist and uninformed commentary you could make. Kudos to you. @dan_bernstein @drose

    Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
    You are referring to a 26 year old man, not a child, nor a ’40 million dollar slave’ who must play and be silent @dan_bernstein @drose

    Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
    He is also a Black man from the South Side of Chicago, if he ‘understands’ ANYTHING, it’s police violence @dan_bernstein @drose

    Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
    Furthermore, at every stage of his career, from Simeon to the league, he has talked about the crisis in his community @dan_bernstein @drose

    Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
    Which, YOU, as a Chicago-based journo, should know. Because you cover him. @dan_bernstein @drose

    Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
    What does he need to explain about “I can’t breathe?”Perhaps it is you who does not understand things. @dan_bernstein @drose

    Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
    This is a classic derailment tool, btw. “If you can explain your stance in way that satisfies me, it is not valid.”@dan_bernstein

    Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
    You owe that man an apology. Period. Don’t delete your tweets like @Samsmithhoops. Apologize. @dan_bernstein @drose

  3. rikyrah says:

    Black Male Students at Yale Offer Powerful, Silent Comfort To Michael Brown’s Parents

    December 6, 2014 | Posted by Thomas L. Scott

    The recent grand jury decisions that did not indict white police officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo for their roles in killing unarmed Black men led to protests in cities across the nation.
    The Yale College Black Men’s Union chose to make their voices heard through their tumblr page entitled “To My Unborn Son”. The male students at this prestigious Ivy League school demonstrated that although they may walk across the elite New Haven campus and fraternize with the children of the nation’s rich and powerful, they still easily identify with the plight of Black men in other, less prestigious, communities.
    The simple, yet powerful blog post begins with a letter addressed to the parents of Michael Brown Jr.
    They offered their sympathies to Brown’s parents and said how much their strength meant to them. They expressed what it meant to them to be Black men in America.
    “We realize that we are all Michael,” they wrote. “We are all sons, and although our stories may differ, we know the fate of your son could also be the fate of any of us.”
    The end of the letter reiterated their sorrow for the loss of Brown, but they offered their messages to their unborn sons in hopes to give them some kind of comfort.
    Underneath the letter is a vertical series of pictures with 51 BMU members holding up messages to their unborn sons on a sign shot in black and white.
    One sign reads, “To My Unborn Son, you will be born with two strikes already.”
    Another says, “To My Unborn Son, Don’t let them DEFINE you!”
    A third sign reads, “To My Unborn Son, your skin is not a death sentence.”
    The final message reads, “To My Unborn Son, I Love You.”
    Forty-seven more messages from the students go on to leave words of encouragement, caution and hope to their unborn sons.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Dan Bernstein @dan_bernstein
    I just wish @drose could talk, or really understands what he’s doing. I don’t think he does, but he deserves to be treated as if so.
    Soledad O’Brien ✔ @soledadobrien
    @dan_bernstein @drose as a fellow journalist–I’m appalled by this. What an awful thing to say about a man you cover.
    9:51 AM – 7 Dec 2014

    • rikyrah says:

      Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
      You owe that man an apology. Period. Don’t delete your tweets like @Samsmithhoops. Apologize. @dan_bernstein @drose

  5. rikyrah says:

    Sunday, December 7, 2014
    Help, Someone Called The Police
    Posted by Zandar

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone that there are major racial and political party differences in the way Americans view the events of the last two weeks with grand jurors refusing to indict police in Ferguson and NYC.

    In the wake of the deaths of unarmed black men in police confrontations in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, 47 percent of Americans say that law enforcement applies different standards to blacks and whites, while 44 percent disagree.

    But 82 percent of African Americans say that police have different standards based on race, while half of whites say the opposite.

    And while 72 percent of the public and 79 percent of whites say that they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of confidence that police in their community will not use excessive force on suspects, just 43 percent of black Americans say the same.

    A broad majority of Americans – 93 percent – say they have heard about the recent grand jury decisions in Staten Island and Ferguson, in which police were not indicted for their role in the deaths of unarmed black men. Forty-three percent said that the decisions decreased their confidence in the legal system, versus just 17 percent who said the opposite. Among African Americans, seven in ten said the verdicts decreased their faith in the legal system; among whites, one in five said their confidence has increased.

    Confidence in law enforcement is also divided on partisan lines. Just 35 percent of Democrats say they have “a great deal” of confidence in police in their community to do a good job enforcing the law, compared to 73 percent of Republicans. And 64 percent of Democrats say that police apply different standards based on race, while the same percentage of Republicans disagree.

    • “And while 72 percent of the public and 79 percent of whites say that they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of confidence that police in their community will not use excessive force on suspects”

      Those are some high numbers. I would say many are deluded. Self-deluded. Or they just aren’t paying attention.

  6. rikyrah says:

    #BlackLivesMatter @JeromeAtendido
    Agent provocateurs or random vandals are co-opting #BlackLivesMatter and giving police a reason to use violence against the protestors.

    • rikyrah says:

      BlackLivesMatter @JeromeAtendido
      Breaking windows is one thing, but hiding behind your masks and assaulting police from behind the crowd of peaceful protestors is cowardly.

      • rikyrah says:

        BlackLivesMatter @JeromeAtendido
        The Black and Brown protestors in the front line are getting the brunt of the police retaliation.
        Retweeted by PragmaticObotsUnite

      • rikyrah says:

        #BlackLivesMatter @JeromeAtendido
        White privilege is co-opting #BlackLivesMatter, breaking windows & assaulting cops while protestors of Color in the front lines pay for it.
        Retweeted by PragmaticObotsUnite

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Whites should NOT co-opt this movement!

        As a White individual I need to ask Black friends, acquaintances and leaders how I can be useful to this important movement.

  7. Social Media Responds After No Indictment in Chokehold death

  8. rikyrah says:

    Shugah @Shugah
    Charles Barkley, Ben Carson, & Don Lemon are why Harriet Tubman carried a gun along the Underground Railroad.
    7:34 AM – 3 Dec 2014

  9. rikyrah says:

    Carvell Wallace @carvellwallace
    The only person indicted in the #EricGarner killing was the citizen who used his phone to record it. Think about that.
    2:47 PM – 3 Dec 2014

  10. rikyrah says:

    Judd Legum ✔ @JuddLegum
    1. Coroner ruled Garner’s death a homicide

    2. Entire incident caught on video

    Under what circumstances are police held accountable?
    1:28 PM – 3 Dec 2014

  11. Real life and Art. Scary.

  12. Ametia says:


    Folks then began chasing the vehicle, and the pursuit ended with the driver’s capture. The man behind the wheel of the vehicle was Caucasian, who looked to be in his 50s. He was also brandishing a semi-automatic gun when he was approached by the protesters.
    Reportedly, four of the demonstrators were struck by the minivan, but, thankfully, no one else had been injured according to a protest organizer.

    The driver was taken into custody by police.
    The entire case is still unclear as far as police investigators are concerned, as they try to determine whether the protesters actually jumped on the man’s vehicle, or if the man just trying to get through the crowd.

    • Ametia says:

      so in one breath these mofos are saying the white nutcase man was brandishing a gun and tried to PLOW down protesters and in the next breath saying it is UNCLEAR?


      • The interesting part of this report is when they say “The (white) driver; who was waiving a (real) gun around and running down protesters was; taken into custody? CUSTODY?
        Not shot execution style on the street? Ten times in the head. Not “strangled” and “pressed” to death without so much as a fucking “How do you do?”

  13. Ametia says:



  14. Ametia says:

    OMG! Watching that scene again was so disturbing and frightening. It’s ART imitating life- and life imitating ART with Eric Garner’s life.

    “CHOKEHOLDS are the White Supremacists’ System for 21st Century LYNCHINGS!”

    • Really? I never got the news. What was the problem with shooting? Not causing enough suffering? Died just a little too quickly for the taste of… Never mind. You know what I’m going to say.

  15. Spike Lee splices footage of Eric Garner’s death with Radio Raheem’s in ‘Do the Right Thing’

    Director Spike Lee released a video Monday on Instagram and YouTube, editing together footage of the recent death of Eric Garner with the death of fictional character Radio Raheem in one of his movies, “Do the Right Thing,” presumably to illustrate how little has changed since the movie’s 1989 release.

    Garner is the Staten Island father of six who died Thursday after a New York police officer restrained him in a chokehold. His death was captured on video, which has since gone viral. In it, he can be heard telling officers “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” A different video depicted a motionless Garner, who was asthmatic, on the ground with police standing over his 6-foot-5, 350-pound body as they waited for EMTs.

    Daniel Pantaleo, the officer in the video who appears to put Garner in the chokehold, was stripped of his badge and gun and placed on desk duty. The two EMTs and two paramedics who responded to the Garner call have been suspended without pay because they neglected to help Garner while he was unconscious, according to video of the situation. The EMT can be seen checking Garner’s pulse, but a source told the New York Post that she should have placed Garner on a stretcher immediately and checked his breathing passages. He was never given an oxygen mask, or even checked with a stethoscope.

    In Lee’s film, Raheem is killed while being restrained in a chokehold by an NYPD officer. Raheem’s death was actually inspired by the 1983 death of a real man, Michael Stewart, a 25-year old graffiti artist who died 13 days after a police officer placed him in a chokehold and asphyxiated him. Stewart was taken to the hospital in a coma and never woke up. In “Do the Right Thing,” when Raheem is killed, a voice in the crowd says, “They did it again, just like Michael Stewart.”

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