Guest Editorial…More accusations of police misconduct

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The death of a New York City man after he was put in an apparent chokehold by police has cast a new spotlight on police misconduct and how law enforcement officers confront citizens, especially minorities.

A funeral was held on July 23 for Eric Garner, the 43-year-old Staten Island resident, who lost consciousness and died after city police officers attempted to arrest him on July 17.

Garner’s death while in police custody has led to accusations of police misconduct.

An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold on Staten Island. Garner can be heard gasping, “I can’t breathe!”

Autopsy results are pending.

One officer has been stripped of his gun and badge pending an investigation and another has been placed on desk duty. Two paramedics and two EMTs have been placed on modified duty.

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