The following is Retired Officer Michael Burke call to action:On Saturday September 6th, a UNITY GATHERING is planned on Staten Island at the 120 precinct, 78 Richmond Terrace in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island at 1300, our brother officer’s precinct.We will assemble and say nothing and do nothing unless the press asks. Then they will be told.
The protest is being organized as a show of unity and support for the officers wrongly accused in the “choke hold” death of Eric Garner. The members of the NYPD were attempting to affect an arrest of Eric Garner. He resisted their attempts to handcuff him. One of the officers had his arms around the neck of Mr. Garner in a take-down maneuver that lasted 16 seconds, according to the video being shown on You Tube.
In no way did the officer appear to choke Eric Garner. Mr. Garner was able to say numerous times that he was having trouble breathing. Preliminary examination by the medical examiner at first indicated no trauma to his throat area. In a later statement, the medical examiner stated that the choke hold applied led to his death.
The protest and show of solidarity will let NYPD officers know that we do not believe that this was a choke hold. Other conditions, such as Garner’s previous poor health contributed to his death, not NYPD actions.
We have a moral obligation to make sure that we are there to show support for the Eric Garner family and all those victims of police brutality. This NYPD protest must be shut down. Let us make history and for ones in our lives stand in unity and send a message to the NYPD that the people united cannot be defeated. Let us be present in big numbers, and create a voice that is so loud and precise that it could not be ignored.
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