Street thug Eric Garner wasn’t killed by a chokehold, GotNews.com has learned from NYPD sources as well as medical records.
According to medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer, Garner was killed by “…the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police… Asthma, heart disease and obesity were contributing factors…”
The medical examiner, while ruling the death a homicide, said there was no damage to neck or windpipe and so therefore it isn’t a chokehold.
But that hasn’t stopped several people in the media from claiming that it was one.
Why does this matter?
Headlines like this are wildly inappropriate from Sean Davis, the founder of the Federalist– Hands Up, Don’t Choke: Eric Garner Was Killed By Police For No Reason–especially when the evidence doesn’t support the claims.
If Garner died from a choke hold that colors how people interact with law enforcement in the future. But he didn’t.
New York Police Department banned the use of chokeholds in September 1993 after the arrest of Steven Resto.
If the officer is found to have used a choke hold it exposes the city of New York and the taxpayers to many million dollar lawsuit.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 3, 2014
Except the NYPD officers didn’t violate the ban on the choke holds because none occurred.
Updated: Sean Davis replied and told me the following: “I encourage you to seek psychiatric help.”