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Esaw Garner speaks publicly for the first time since husbands passing. www.naturallymoi.com

Eric and Esaw Garner

Reported by Nigel Boys

The widow of the Staten Island man who died Thursday of a police officer’s chokehold speaks out about her husband’s death after two involved officers are put on desk duty.

“They killed him,” Esaw Garner told Daily News about her experience viewing footage of her husband’s death.  “They choked him and took him down and I could hear him screaming that he couldn’t breathe.”

Esaw, widow of 43-year-old Eric Garner, listened while Reverend Al Sharpton described details revolving around Garner’s death at a National Action Network conference on Saturday.

Garner, a 6-foot-3, 350 pound black man with asthma, was confronted on a Staten Island sidewalk about allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes before five police officers pinned him to the ground, one putting him in a chokehold until he passed away.

Sharpton and Reverend Herbert Daughtry consoled Esaw as the thought of Garner’s death left her sobbing and having trouble standing.

“The issue is not if one was selling [untaxed] cigarettes, the issue is that an unarmed man was subjected to a chokehold and the result is he is no longer with us,” Sharpton said.

“This is going to be a real test to see where policies are in the city now and whether the change that we feel occurred has occurred.”

Esaw, the mother of Garner’s six children, said it was difficult to watch the footage of her husband’s final moments.  “It was so hard to watch,” she told Daily News.  “He was a nonviolent gentle giant and they killed him.” In the viral footage of Garner’s attempted arrest, he is shown denying the claims that he was involved in illegal activity. According to USA Today, Garner had been arrested for selling illegal cigarettes several times in recent years.

“Every time you see me, you want to mess with me.  I’m tired of it. It stops today!” he says in the video before being taken to the ground and killed by the officer’s chokehold.

“They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth. And that’s it. He was done,” Ramsey Orta, who recorded the video, told Daily News.

Unnamed sources said that the officer who killed Garner could lose his job, according to Daily Mail.  Two other officers involved, including Officer Daniel Pantaleo, have been put on desk duty while the incident is investigated.

Police Commission William Bratton said that the way in which police chose to restrain Garner was not in compliance with the police department’s regulations.

“Chokeholds are prohibited by the New York City Police Department and by most departments,” Bratton said Friday.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has cancelled his trip to Italy to engage in a thorough investigation of the case.

“We have a responsibility to keep every New Yorker safe, and that includes when individuals are in custody of the NYPD,” de Blasio said in a statement released Friday.

Reverend Lloyd Land from First United Christian Church said that although Garner was a big guy, he was harmless.  “He was a gentle giant,” Land told Staten Island Live.  “Insofar as violence, I don’t believe if you smack him in the face he would hit you back…The police have no reason to attack him.”

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32 Comments

  1. laroi

    July 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Message to the police – you can get it too.

    • Brad

      July 21, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      U Said a mouth full.

  2. Bernard

    July 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    The police were wrong and they should do time, but I think it’s also time for us to start understanding and respecting authority. I saw the footage and he definitely played a role in his own death. I know Sharpton and others would not want to hear that but he did. Had he complied he most likely would be alive today. When an officer tells you to put your hands up or behind your back…you do it whether they are wrong or not. At the end of the day they are authority and they have complete control and if they don’t they will get control. I think they all should go to jail for the rest of their lives but that will never bring him back. So the rest of us need to understand and have respect for authority. If they are wrong, use the system to fight them. You can’t take matters into your own hands like he tried to do. That is the cold reality of this situation.

    • B. Wash

      July 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Bernard…. YOU are full of shet. What do you mean “had he complied”…I watched the video too…he was being harassed … you are an azzhole.

      • JDub81

        July 25, 2014 at 10:19 am

        Mr or Ms Wash ….you’re the a-hole in your response to Mr Bernard’s post. There was no way Mr Gardner would win in that situation….his main objective should have been to get home to his kids and wife. Cuff up go to the station and I bet he would of been back on that block before the paperwork ink was dry. You’re the type of negro that insults the intelligence of us who are looking to save lives not to become a statistic…grow up or you’re on your way to be the next statistic.

    • Brad

      July 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Very well said.

    • Brad

      July 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Except when the advantage is theirs do the rightthing

  3. jw hayes

    July 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    are you wearing your hood and robe mr anastasia

  4. seemespeak

    July 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Who is this bitch Anastasia get fucked cracker. GET FUCKED U BACKWARDS BACKWOODS COUSIN FUCKING HILLBILLY RED NECK BIRD SHIT EATING CUNT.

  5. Deborah Bee

    July 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I’m black. I’ve never had a problem with the police because, I refuse to break the law. If he hadn’t been selling illegal cigarettes he’d be alive today. Stop breaking the law!!!! Stop looking for trouble. You were born with a brain, use the damn thing!

    • B. Wash

      July 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Deborah Bee… you are stupid…how do you know he was selling illegal cigarettes ?…because, the white racist police said he was ?… Betch PLEASE go the fock away… and shut the fock up…!!!

  6. KEY is the Answer

    July 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Now the police want to use his prior arrest for selling cigarettes as the excuse. Now him and the camera man said he was breaking up a fight. The whole time he was pleading his case that’s all he kept saying.

  7. Patricia Khanna

    July 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    STFU YOU DUMBAZZZZRACISTBYTCH @ANASTASIA! I HOPE WAT HAPPEN TO THAT GENTLE GAINT HAPPENS TO YOU!! THOSE MF COPS WERE HARASSING HIM! I HOPE THEY ALL GET ARRESTED n KILLED IN JAIL!!!!! FOR WAT THEY DID TO THAT GENTLE GAINT!!!!! :-[

  8. Deborah Bee

    July 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    B. Walsh, it’s black people like you who never take responsibility for their own actions. You always want to blame the white man. I’m not saying the police did a proper job of it, but once you’re on their radar; you better be prepared to pay the consequences. You and your gang are nothing compared to the police force. The bottom line is that blacks in poor areas are more likely to die from black-on-black crime, then from the police. If he hadn’t any previous run-ins with the cops, he’d be alive today.

  9. yvette

    July 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I don’t know why when we as people see this stuff why we don’t help innocent people from the police, if we all stick up for each other the police will stop doing this shit, then when someone shoots them they want to know why, oh he was a good cop, fuck that” “this was a good guy, this man remind me of my husband I actually thought it cld have been my husband and I’m glad it wasn’t I don’t know what I would do if the shit happened to my baby, but we all need to stand up for each other

  10. big annie

    July 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Ana- stank- azz: f°¢k you…always inciting shit. Deborah Bee: it’s is mindsets like yours that prevent folks from ever being able to redeem themselves.

    According to witness accounts(like the man filming and the lady from the beauty shop), the victim broke up a fight that happened in front of the beauty shop. Why was he being messed with and no one saw him selling cigs that day? Additionally, Deb Bee, are you squeaky clean and never do anything wrong?Do you drift through stop signs? Jaywalk? Smoke a joint in your house? And let’s not forget the NYPD beat the elderly Asian man a&& for jaywalking. Get ur head out of your behind.They could kill you too…know that.

  11. Christa

    July 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    At the end of the day this man,this husband,this father and grandfather was murdered in cold blood by the blue wall of bullying and harassment. No protection, no service just abuse of power against the powerless. Deb whatever delusional cloud of shit you
    operate in please stay there and be
    silent. The real question is what do we do now? We know the country doesn’t value us because WE don’t value us we as a community need to snap out of this fog existence and begin to take responsibility not only for ourselves but for our brothers and sisters as well. We need to stop seeking faux refuge with these poverty pimps and talking heads and tell our stories on our own

  12. E-Dubbz

    July 22, 2014 at 12:58 am

    This shit.gotta stop with.these NYPD gang are we punks now just letting these ppl kiling us I.miss malcolm x , the black panthers , blacks are dying quickly , the latinos are booming the white men are richer the Asians are the nex white.the Indias hate everyone.else wtf.black folks stand the fuck up now

  13. Patricia Khanna

    July 22, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    GO FCK USELF @ANASTASIA REMEMBER KARMAS A BYTCH! WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND! WHAT THOSE RACIST MOFOS COPS DID TO THAT GENTLE GAINT WILL GET THEIR AZZ WHOP BY KARMA!! AND KARMAS GONNA WHOP YOUR AZZ TOO! ANABYTCHASIA! TRUST ME ON THAT KARMAS THE BIGGEST BYTCH! ************! ****************!!!!!!!

  14. ayisha

    July 26, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Deborah B is definitely black and she’s still on
    the plantation serving her master.

  15. pizzza

    August 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

    They did nothing at the end of the day to try and save his life they stood around like dumb jackazzz. So they killed that man more than one time .

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