Sunday, 31 December 2017

My comments on USA Senator Bernie Sanders' post on sad death of Erica Garner, daughter of Late Eric Garner of New York City

Given below are the contents of USA Senator Bernie Sanders' post, https://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders/posts/10156628213447908, dated 30th Dec. 2017:

Erica Garner was an exceptional young woman. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, friend -- and though she didn't ask to be an activist, she responded to the personal tragedy of seeing her father die while being arrested in New York City by becoming a leading proponent for criminal justice reform and for an end to police brutality. I had the honor of getting to know Erica and I was inspired by the commitment she made working towards a more just world for her children and future generations. She was a fighter for justice and will not be forgotten. Jane and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Garner family and to all those she has impacted.

[The above post shares this article: Erica Garner, Who Became An Activist After Her Father's Death, Dies, https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/30/574514217/erica-garner-who-became-an-activist-after-her-fathers-death-dies, 30th Dec. 2017.]
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Ravi: Here is my intro text on my Facebook share, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2048983085318258, 30th Dec. 2017 of the above Sen. Sanders post:

This is so sad!

But it reflects the reality that activism is not an easy thing to do. It takes a toll on the activist's mental and physical health as s(he) takes on the establishment and tries to push it to change. And sometimes the activist pays the huge price of losing her/his life.

In the case of Erica Garner, it is doubly sad as Eric Garner, her father, should not have died for the minor infringement of the law he was accused of in New York City. What a blow to the family to lose the daughter, Erica too. My prayers to God to shower Grace on the family and friends of Erica Garner and give strength and courage to them to face this double loss.
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For those who do not know about Eric Garner, given below are extracts from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Eric_Garner :

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York City, after a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer put him in what has been described as a chokehold for about 15 to 19 seconds while arresting him. The New York City Medical Examiner's Office attributed Garner's death to a combination of a chokehold, compression of his chest, and poor health. NYPD policy prohibits the use of chokeholds.

NYPD officers approached Garner on suspicion of selling single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. After Garner told the police that he was tired of being harassed and that he was not selling cigarettes, the officers went to arrest Garner. When officer Daniel Pantaleo tried to take Garner's wrist behind his back, Garner pulled his arms away. Pantaleo then put his arm around Garner's neck and took him down onto the ground. After Pantaleo removed his arm from Garner's neck, he pushed the side of Garner's face into the ground while four officers moved to restrain Garner, who repeated "I can't breathe" eleven times while lying facedown on the sidewalk. After Garner lost consciousness, officers turned him onto his side to ease his breathing. Garner remained lying on the sidewalk for seven minutes while the officers waited for an ambulance to arrive. The officers and emergency medical technicians did not perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Garner at the scene; according to a spokesman for the PBA, this was because they believed that Garner was breathing and that it would be improper to perform CPR on someone who was still breathing. He was pronounced dead at the hospital approximately one hour later.

The medical examiner concluded that Garner was killed by "compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police". No damage to Garner's windpipe or neck bones was found. The medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide. According to the medical examiner's definition, a homicide is a death caused by the intentional actions of another person or persons, which is not necessarily an intentional death or a criminal death. A grand jury, however, did not support the coroner’s opinion. The grand jury ruled it an accident resulting from Garner’s resistance to being arrested.

On December 3, 2014, the Richmond County grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo. On that day, the United States Department of Justice announced it would conduct an independent investigation. The event stirred public protests and rallies, with charges of police brutality made by protesters. By December 28, 2014, at least 50 demonstrations had been held nationwide specifically for Garner while hundreds of demonstrations against general police brutality counted Garner as a focal point. On July 13, 2015, an out-of-court settlement was announced in which the City of New York would pay the Garner family $5.9 million.

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[I thank USA Senator Bernie Sanders and wikipedia, and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above extracts from their Facebook post/website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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