If you arent aware yet, a man was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis in a fairly gruesome way just a few days ago. While the man was under arrest and pretty clearly restrained, the police officer crushed the mans neck with his knee and lower leg for eight whole minutes. The man screamed that he could not breathe and was in pain many times, recalling the murder of Eric Garner in similar circumstances not too long ago. A crowd gather, and Baruch Hashem, filmed the incident, crying out for the man to be released. His pain and suffering was clear, and he knew he was going to die. He called out for his mother.
I remember, weeks ago, mentions about the suicide of a woman in her jail cell. I didnt pay much mind to it at the time, but its interesting how these stories develop and seem to be chosen by the media, or an interest group. Then, about a week ago, an admin at African Americans for Liberty messaged the page to ask if I had heard of her. I said I was not sure, and he wanted to get it going in the libertysphere because it wasnt getting much press. Apparently, it was a case of police brutality. I believe this is the article I read at the time, upon searching “Sandra Bland”. I recommend watching the video there at some point.
In July 2014, a man named Eric Garner was stopped by police for selling untaxed cigarettes. He was tired of being harassed regularly by police for engaging in a peaceful exchange of goods that harmed no third parties. He made the mistake of pushing them away, which was his right as a human, but never a wise idea. The original officer who stopped Garner, along with another nearby, proceeded to attempt to arrest him. The latter put him in what is described as a chokehold. Chokeholds are legal police tactics under New York State Law, but have been prohibited by the NYPD for over two decades, for obvious reasons. Garner couldnt breathe, and eventually his heart gave out and he died. He was morbidly obese and had a whole host of health issues that almost certainly contributed to his death.