The NYPD is again facing widespread outrage following the release of two horrific videos showing the chokehold death of Eric Garner, 43, an asthmatic Staten Island father of six seen struggling on the ground pleading "I can't breathe, I can't breathe" after he was grabbed by a phalanx of NYPD officers for either what bystanders say was breaking up a fight or what cops say was selling loose untaxed cigarettes for extra money - clearly an offense worthy of death - followed by the spectacle of eight cops and four EMT workers called to the scene standing around doing nothing but rifling through his pockets. Two cops and the EMTs have been reassigned to desk jobs, the city is investigating the use of the banned chokehold, and hundreds of people chanting "Go to the tape!" have protested against the constant police harassment and abuse that is their lives. This time, at least, there is video. Warning: Disturbing scene of thugs in action.
Update: An NYPD internal report right after the incident failed to mention the chokehold and said Garner's condition "did not seem serious." Except that he was, you know, dead.