I Can't Breathe: Matt Taibbi | Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University | Literary Events | Chicago Reader

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When: Sat., Oct. 28 2017

Eric Garner wasn't much of a criminal kingpin—an affable cigarette hustler who peddled tax-free cartons of smokes and "loosies" from his chosen corner on Bay Street in Staten Island, New York. He liked it that way ("Felony money for misdemeanor time," he called his chosen hustle). That low profile might have led the 43-year-old man's killing at the hands of the NYPD on July 17, 2014, to have gone unnoticed by many outside of the Tompkinsville Park. Instead, an observer, Ramsey Orta, videotaped it and turned it over to the New York Daily News. The footage soon went viral—countless millions watched as police officer Daniel Pantaleo held Garner in a chokehold and pinned him down on the concrete. Garner kept gasping the words "I can't breathe" until he died. Continue reading >>

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