Former police officer Ken Williams speaks to Dr. Boyce Watkins of Your Black World and gives direct and specific information about the police death of Eric Garner, who died in the hands of the NYPD. According to Williams, the officers involved in the incident, along with the medical personnel in involved in the case, were blatantly negligent in not administering CPR to Garner when he was on the ground.
He also says that there was a fraud committed by officers and medical professionals who basically pretended that a dead man was alive while the cameras were rolling.
Garner was being stopped by police for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. He became upset that officers had been harassing him, when they suddenly took him to the ground. The officers used a chokehold that is considered to be deadly force by the United States Supreme Court, since it cuts off the oxygen supply to the brain.
Since Garner’s passing, civil rights activists and community organizers around the country have become up in-arms over what happened. Williams says that those involved should be fired, there should be an investigation and that someone should be prosecuted.
Williams also makes a very interesting point about the fundamental disrespect for African-American life that is shown in situations like this. He says that this incident would never have occurred if Garner had been a wealthy white man in a more affluent section of Manhattan.