The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Staten Island, New York:
Murder by Cop

Jul 21, 2014

On July 17, Eric Garner, a black Staten Island resident, was murdered by five white NYC cops on the street in broad daylight. The whole incident was recorded on video. It started when two cops accused him of selling cigarettes! “Every time you see me, you want to mess with me,” Garner told the cops. “I’m tired of it. It stops today.”

That note of defiance was enough to set the cops on their murderous path. Two of them tackled Garner and were immediately joined by three others. One of them wearing shorts and a shirt with “99" on the back applied the choke hold that killed Garner–while the others held him on the ground, one pressing down on his neck and head. He could be heard saying, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!

And then he stopped breathing.

Ramsey Ora, who had recorded the entire incident, turned it over to the New York Daily News. And that’s the way this murder by the cops came to light, instead of being hidden away, as usual.

Garner’s wife told reporters, “When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time.... They’re covering their asses.... They harassed and harassed my husband until they killed him.”

As the video makes clear, Eric Garner, a father of six children, was killed simply because he wouldn’t let himself be intimidated by a murdering band of thugs in blue.