NYDAILYNEWS: Mayor de Blasio vows full investigation of ‘tragic’ death of Eric Garner
By Celeste Katz, Friday, July 18, 2014




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Mayor de Blasio on Friday promised a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Eric Garner after he was taken into police custody in Staten Island.

Garner, 43, a 400-pound, 6-foot-4 asthmatic, died after cops put him in a chokehold and apparently smashed his head onto the sidewalk while cuffing him outside a beauty supply store in Tompkinsville.

The married father and grandfather, who police say had a history of selling untaxed cigarettes, was videotaped screaming that he couldn’t breathe as a cadre of officers took him to the ground.

Here’s the mayor’s full statement:

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Garner, who died yesterday afternoon while being placed in police custody.

"We have a responsibility to keep every New Yorker safe, and that includes when individuals are in custody of the NYPD. That is a responsibility that Police Commissioner Bratton and I take very seriously. We are harnessing all resources available to the City to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the circumstances of this tragic incident. The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is working closely with the Office of the Richmond County District Attorney, which is leading this investigation."

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NYTIMESStaten Island Man Dies After He Is Put in Chokehold During Arrest

NEWSDAYEric Garner died from heart attack during arrest, NYPD says

Is history repeating itself?

EXAMINER.com: CHP officer videotaped beating, repeatedly punching unresisting woman

"Outcries of police brutality and excessive use of force have been levied against a California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped beating a prostrate, defenseless woman during an arrest in Los Angeles this week. Since the video was posted, calls for independent investigations and the officer’s job have become commonplace.

Raw Story reported July 4 that an as yet unidentified CHP officer arrested a barefoot woman Tuesday after throwing her to the ground and then beating her. The violence was captured in a cell phone video by a passing motorist and the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

“He basically got on top of her, and it’s basically a UFC ground-and-pound move,” David Díaz told KTLA-TV in an inteview. “It’s basically full force, punching her in the head.”

Diaz said it was a clear use of excessive force. “There is no way you can justify that,” he said.”

YAHOOCalifornia Highway Patrol Beats Barefoot Bag Lady [VIDEO]

THE WASHINGTON POST (by Roger Catlin, July 5, 2014): “After mesmerizing audiences with his one-man shows as Huey P. Newton and Frederick Douglass, Roger Guenveur Smith will inhabit on stage the life of Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 and subsequent acquittal of the officers involved led to the deadly 1992 Los Angeles riots and his own famous plea, “Can we all get along?” As Smith brings his complex, one-man Rodney King to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Tuesday, it’s time to recall its subject by the numbers. 

Year Rodney Glen King III was born in Sacramento, the same year as the Watts race riots in Los Angeles.

Highway on which an eight-mile-long, high-speed car chase began March 3, 1991, winding through residential streets before King’s white Hyundai finally was stopped by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Approximate length, in minutes, of video taken by George Holliday on a Sony Handycam from an apartment balcony depicting the LAPD beating King that was subsequently shown widely on local, national and international outlets.

Officers who surrounded King during the arrest and beating. Four were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of deadly force.

Number of baton blows, along with six kicks, delivered to King, who was under the influence of alcohol.

Officers who were acquitted of all charges; the fourth was acquitted of assault with a deadly weapon, but the jury deadlocked on use of excessive force.

Days of rioting in Los Angeles in 1992 when the verdict was announced, in what became the nation’s largest riots of the 20th century.

Killed in the L.A. rioting, the worst death toll in a U.S. riot in 128 years since a protest against the draft for the Civil War in 1863 that killed 120 in New York.

Injuries logged in the L.A. riots, along with more than 7,000 fires damag ing 3,100 businesses, incurring nearly $1 billion in losses.

Officers eventually found guilty for violations of King’s civil rights in federal court in 1993. They were sentenced to 32 months in prison. The two other officers in the original case were again acquitted.

$3.8 million
Awarded to King after he sued the city for brutality, part of which he used to start a label, Straight Alta-Pazz Records, which went out of business.

King is cast in VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab” with Dr. Drew Pinsky, alongside actress Tawny Kitaen and Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses. King went on to appear in show’s spin-off, “Sober House.”

The anniversary of the beating on March 3, 2011, when King was stopped for erratic driving, one of nearly a dozen run-ins with law since the beating, for charges ranging from drunk driving to domestic abuse.

Age of King at the time of death by drowning in a swimming pool as possible result of alcohol and drug abuse on June 17, 2012.”

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Riots: 20 Years Later (1992 Riots Timeline)

See the timeline here.

On the af­ter­noon of April 29, 1992, a jury in Ven­tura County ac­quit­ted four LAPD of­ficers of beat­ing Rod­ney G. King. The in­cid­ent, caught on am­a­teur video­tape, had sparked na­tion­al de­bate about po­lice bru­tal­ity and ra­cial in­justice. The ver­dict stunned Los Angeles, where angry crowds gathered on street corners across the city. The flash point was a single in­ter­sec­tion in South L.A., but it was a scene eer­ily re­peated in many parts of the city in the hours that fol­lowed

"Rodney G. King, Symbol of Police Brutality, Dies at 47"

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Mr. King, whose beating on March 3, 1991, by the police was captured on video and led to riots in the city the next year after the officers involved in the case were acquitted, was found dead on Sunday at his home. He was 47. 

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Read: “Rodney King, 20 years after L.A.’s riots”


THE LOS ANGELES TIMES (by Patt Morrison, April 2012): In 21 years, his name has appeared in the Los Angeles Times on more than 7,000 occasions. Sometimes it’s as himself, Rodney King, the victim of now-fabled LAPD abuse the world got to see, the plaintiff in a civil lawsuit, the hapless guy getting stopped yet again on some speeding or DUI beef, the man on the celebrity rehab show. And sometimes it’s as “Rodney King,” the accidental symbol and the rallying cry on police abuse issues. Some of the biggest institutions in Southern California — the Los Angeles Police Department, the city itself — were changed because of the beating King took in 1991 and the beating the city took in 1992 in the riots that followed the acquittal of the officers charged in his beating. Has the man himself changed? On the 20th anniversary of the riots, his book, “The Riot Within,”’ written with Lawrence J. Spagnola, is letting us, and King himself, find out.

You dedicate your book to the people of L.A. Why?
Because the people in L.A. went through a lot of hard times. I wanted to stay focused on the people who had been abused, and the people coming together.

Two decades later, what should we think about the beating and the riots?
It was definitely a turning point. Everybody was tired of having these butterflies in their stomach when it comes to the police, so I’m glad what happened to me happened, and that it changed a lot of things. No [police] chief can be guaranteed eight, 15, 20 years no more. Anybody can get bigheaded once they know the seat cannot be pulled out from under them. And it shows people want a change even though some of them may not know how to change. That’s why they resorted to the riots, in frustration, but most people just wanted to be treated fairly. A lot of people have come up to me and said, Thanks to you, man, I got a job.

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