Eric Garner

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Black-ish Nails Episode on Police Brutality

Positive reactions flooding in

(Newser) - On Wednesday night, ABC's Black-ish aired a ripped-from-the-headlines show that some might call a "very special episode." The entire half-hour featured the sitcom family sitting in the living room watching the news to see if a police officer would be indicted in a police brutality case. The... More »

NYPD Caught Editing Eric Garner Wikipedia Entry

Capital New York traces IP addresses to headquarters

(Newser) - Anyone keeping a close eye on the Death of Eric Garner page at Wikipedia might have noticed a series of edits, some more subtle than others, that cast the NYPD in a positive light. Capital New York reveals the reason: They were made by people at the NYPD. The website... More »

After Talk With Boehner, NY Rep Steps Down

Grimm pleaded guilty to tax evasion last week

(Newser) - Rep. Michael Grimm told reporters he wouldn't resign after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion last week, but John Boehner appears to have used his powers of persuasion on New York City's only Republican representative in Congress. Grimm announced his resignation in a statement last night that sources... More »

De Blasio Decries 'Assassination,' Cops Turn Backs

NYPD is irate over mayor's sympathy to protesters in Eric Garner case

(Newser) - A wall of NYPD blue three rows deep stood at attention last night as ambulances bearing the bodies of two of their fallen brethren, gunned down execution-style in their patrol car , made their way past a New York City hospital. And in video picked up by PIX11 , a wall of... More »

Woman Tries to Trademark 'I Can't Breathe' for Clothes

Eric Garner's dying words turn up in formal application

(Newser) - "I can't breathe" has become a rallying cry in the wake of the Eric Garner case , and now an Illinois woman wants the rights to that line for a clothing line, reports the Smoking Gun . Catherine Crump's application to the US Patent and Trademark Office says... More »

Thousands Across US Protest Police Killings

25K reported at rally in Washington

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters marched across the country today—past the White House in the nation's capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York, and in the middle of Nashville's honky-tonk district—to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge... More »

Cop Pulls Gun on Oakland Protesters

CHP officer to chief: 'I didn't know if we were going to make it out alive'

(Newser) - Apparently in fear for his life, a cop pulled a gun on a group of 30 to 50 people in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday night as crowds protested the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to a California Highway Patrol chief, Avery Browne, the plainclothes detective, caught on camera... More »

100+ Congressional Staffers Stage Walk-Out for Garner, Brown

Dozens participate, hold their hands up

(Newser) - In protest of the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, dozens of congressional staffers walked out of the Capitol this afternoon, NPR reports. They stood on the steps of Capitol Hill holding their hands up in the... More »

Berkeley Protesters Block Highway, Stop Train

More than 1K crowd I-80, Amtrak tracks in 3rd night

(Newser) - Protests against the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner continued for a third consecutive night in Berkeley, Calif., yesterday, with more than 1,000 people blocking traffic. Protesters thronged both sides of Interstate 80 as well as train tracks in... More »

NBA Stars Join Garner Protest

They don 'I Can't Breathe' shirts before NYC game

(Newser) - As Eric Garner protesters staged a "die-in" outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night, players from both the Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers donned T-shirts to show their support. LeBron James was among those wearing an "I Can't Breathe" shirt during a pregame warm-up, referring to Garner'... More »

Garner Protests Marred by Violence, Stolen Champagne

Business windows smashed as others call for peaceful protest

(Newser) - Protests over the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown continued last night in the Bay Area , beginning peacefully but eventually leading to looting, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators climbed on police cars, kicking their sirens; others smashed the windows of a Radio Shack;... More »

Bush: Garner Verdict 'Hard to Understand'

Former president discusses reaction to chokehold video

(Newser) - George W. Bush has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the chokehold death of Eric Garner , calling a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo "hard to understand." In a CNN interview, Candy Crowley asked Bush about his reaction to video showing Garner's... More »

Garner Protests Spread Across Country

Thousands on NYC streets for 2nd night

(Newser) - Thousands of people were out on the streets of New York City last night protesting the Eric Garner decision for a second night, and demonstrations also took place in cities across the country, some targeting Christmas tree-lighting ceremonies. Thousands marched in Boston and hundreds of people staged "die-ins" in... More »

NYPD Case Undermines Push for Body Cameras

Eric Garner arrest was captured on video, but it didn't matter, say critics

(Newser) - President Obama is pushing to make body cameras a standard part of police officers' uniforms in the wake of the Ferguson shooting, but the Eric Garner case seems to undermine that argument, writes Nia-Malika Henderson at the Washington Post . After all, the entire arrest, complete with illegal chokehold, was caught... More »

NYPD Suffers Massive Twitter Fail—Again

Backlash follows tweet about 'rebuilding public trust'

(Newser) - The New York City Police Department's attempt at "an uncensored exchange" with Twitter users has failed miserably—again. Apparently having learned nothing from a disastrous social media campaign earlier this year, a communications officer sent out this tweet last night in response to backlash from the Eric Garner... More »

NYPD Cop: Chokehold Was Wrestling Move

Officer's lawyer shares grand jury details as thousands protest

(Newser) - "I can't breathe," protesters chanted in New York after a grand jury yesterday decided not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. The New York Times has details from Pantaleo's Nov. 21 grand jury testimony as described by his lawyer,... More »

#CrimingWhileWhite: White Privilege Tales Flood Twitter

White people tell of lenient police via 'Tonight Show' writer's hashtag

(Newser) - New York City wasn't the only site of protests last night after a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in Eric Garner's death. On Twitter, Tonight Show writer Jason Ross started the #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag to draw attention to the preferential treatment police give white people,... More »

Garner Decision 'Beyond Mystifying'

'NYT': 'Vicious policing' needs to stop

(Newser) - The words "travesty," "outrageous," and "mystifying" feature heavily in editorial columns on a grand jury's decision not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, despite the fact that the officer was captured on video using a banned chokehold on... More »

Feds to Investigate NYPD Chokehold Death

Justice Department will launch inquiry as grand jury opts not to indict officer

(Newser) - The Justice Department will investigate the chokehold death of an unarmed black man after a grand jury in New York City declined to indict the white police officer who applied the move. A department official said federal authorities will investigate the July death of Eric Garner, who was confronted by... More »

Eric Garner's Widow: 'Are You Serious?'

NYPD cop says he meant no harm in statement after grand jury decision

(Newser) - The widow of the man who died during an arrest by the NYPD can't believe that an officer seen using a chokehold on Eric Garner was not indicted today. “Oh my God, are you serious?” Esaw Garner tells the Daily News . “I’m very disappointed. You can... More »

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