I can’t breathe!

National Action Network, NYC Council team up to support criminalizing chokehold

By Michelle Deal Winfield

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Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner and Hon. Inez Dickens, Minister Ktisten John Foy, National Action Network, NAN (standing directly behind) Photo: Michelle Deal Winfield

On Friday, December 2, 2016 a rally was held on the steps of City Hall to urge Mayor de Blasio to support Intro. bill 540-A, which calls for penalties for NYPD’s use of the chokehold as a method of arrest. The chokehold is a procedure when the arm or grip is wrapped around the neck to cut off the flow of air by compressing the windpipe.

Representatives from the NYC Council led by Rory I. Lancman, Jumane Williams, Robert Cornegy and Inez Dickens stood side-by-side with Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner. Twenty-eight members of the Council signed on to the legislation. Eric Garner died almost two years ago, after Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo used a “chokehold” to arrest him. The Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Pantaleo.

National Action Network, NAN, Minister Kristen John Foy, Northeast Regional Director of the civil rights organization introduced Gwen Carr by saying, “NYC has led the nation in many areas but we need to improve in transparency and accountability. This is not just a New York issue. We should lead the nation. The Mayor has reversed his campaign promise.”

Newly elected Bronx NY Senate Marisol Alcantara touted, “This is a city with a Progressive agenda and yet black and brown men continue to be killed. The officers get a raise and higher pay. You come to our communities, in Harlem and Washington Heights asking for our votes.” Alcantara supports the ban.

Gwen Carr, cried as Council Member Inez Dickens spoke. Dickens reaching out to Gwen said, “We the people. We want fairness. We are part of the fabric of the mosaic of the city.” Directing her comments to Mayor de Blasio, Dickens continued, “Do the right thing. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I ask you to stand with the family.”

The Rev. Johnny Greene of Harlem, an imposing figure, said, “Mayor de Blasio received 97% of African American support during his election. The Mayor needs to talk the talk and walk the walk. The world witnessed Officer Pantaleo murder Eric Garner. I call on the Mayor to put up or shut up!

Gwen Carr was very emotional, saying, “I support the legislation. I stepped into this fight and I will be here to the end. This bill will not help my son. This could happen to your son, your nephew or your grandson. You are not exempt. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Carr wants NYC to ban the use of the “chokehold” procedure when arresting a person.

Council Member Lancman reminded, the crowd, “Mayor de Blasio has threatened to veto this bill to criminalize chokeholds. Since the two year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner the numbers of chokeholds has increased.”

On Friday, December 2, 2016 a rally was held on the steps of City Hall to urge Mayor de Blasio to support Intro. bill 540-A which calls for penalties for NYPD’s use of the chokehold as a method of arrest. The chokehold is a procedure when the arm or grip is wrapped around the neck to cut off the flow of air by compressing the windpipe.

Representatives from the NYC Council led by Rory I. Lancman, Jumane Williams, Robert Cornegy and Inez Dickens stood side-by-side with Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner. Twenty-eight members of the Council signed on to the legislation. Eric Garner died almost two years ago, after Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo used a “chokehold” to arrest him. The Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Pantaleo.

National Action Network, NAN, Minister Kristen John Foy, Northeast Regional Director of the civil rights organization introduced Gwen Carr by saying, “NYC has led the nation in many areas but we need to improve in transparency and accountability. This is not just a New York issue. We should lead the nation. The Mayor has reversed his campaign promise.”

Newly elected Bronx NY Senate Marisol Alcantara touted, “This is a city with a Progressive agenda and yet black and brown men continue to be killed. The officers get a raise and higher pay. You come to our communities, in Harlem and Washington Heights asking for our votes.” Alcantara supports the ban.

Gwen Carr, cried as Council Member Inez Dickens spoke. Dickens reaching out to Gwen said, “We the people. We want fairness. We are part of the fabric of the mosaic of the city.” Directing her comments to Mayor de Blasio, Dickens continued, “Do the right thing. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I ask you to stand with the family.”

The Rev. Johnny Greene of Harlem, an imposing figure, said, “Mayor de Blasio received 97% of African American support during his election. The Mayor needs to talk the talk and walk the walk. The world witnessed Officer Pantaleo murder Eric Garner. I call on the Mayor to put up or shut up!

Gwen Carr was very emotional, saying, “I support the legislation. I stepped into this fight and I will be here to the end. This bill will not help my son. This could happen to your son, your nephew or your grandson. You are not exempt. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Carr wants NYC to ban the use of the “chokehold” procedure when arresting a person.

Council Member Lancman reminded, the crowd, “Mayor de Blasio has threatened to veto this bill to criminalize chokeholds. Since the two year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner the numbers of chokeholds has increased.”

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