This week, the family of the Staten Island man, Eric Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold while being arrested earlier this summer, filed a notice to let New York City know they aren’t playing…to the tune of $75 million.
The suit, which names 8 officers and defendants, alleges negligence, carelessness and recklessness in the NYPD’s treatment of Garner during his arrest.
The NYPD’s biggest defense through this whole thing has been their “broken windows” policy, in which they aim to harshly crack down on smaller crimes to discourage would-be criminals from partaking in the larger illegal activities. Earlier this year, Garner had been arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes, marijuana possession and driving without a license. While all three are technically illegal, not one are violent crimes that put others in danger (minus the government losing a few pennies).
According to police reports, 43 year old Garner was selling untaxed cigarettes again at the time of his arrest ( a misdemeanor in New York) and two plain clothes officers apprehended him and DID NOT use excessive force given his size and weight.
Instead of having baby-sized cops that have to violently arrest men, how about you get adult-sized ones with the intelligence to match?
We really hope the Garners come out on top of this as they deserve every single penny. Eric leaves behind four children and a wife.