I Cant Breathe Book à 304 pages Download ß Matt taibbi

Book I Cant Breathe

I Cant Breathe Book à 304 pages Download ß Matt taibbi ó A work of riveting literary journalism that explores the roots and repercussions of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police—from the bestselling author of The Divide On July 17 2014 a forty three year old black man named Eric GarneInside our Kafkaesue court system Taibbi's kaleidoscopic account illuminates issues around policing mass incarceration the underground economy and racial disparity in law enforcement No one emerges unsullied from the conservative district attorney who half heartedly prosecutes the case to the progressive mayor caught between the demands of outraged activists and the foot dragging of recalcitrant police officials A masterly narrative of urban America and a scathing indictment of the perverse incentives built into our penal system I Can't Breathe drills down into the particulars of one case to confront us with the human cost of our broken approach to dispensing criminal justi “Never be content to sit back and watch as others rights are trampled upon Your rights could be next” DaShanne StokesMatt Taibbi a notable journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine and NYT bestselling author specializes in reportage of economic political and social injustice “ I Can’t Breathe A Killing On Bay Street” recounts the life and death of Eric Garner 1970 2014 who died on Staten Island NYC after he was placed in a police choke hold and left unconscious on the public sidewalk without aid CPR until the arrival of emergency services This event was captured on video; fueling public outrage protests and demonstrations by thousands of people and demands for justiceEric Garner was a devoted family man husband father and grandfather Garner was proud of his oldest son Eric Jr who had been chosen to receive a college athletic scholarship He provided for his family’s support selling packs and single “loosie” cigarettes the high rates of NYC taxation made business sustainable However the risk had increased significantly under constant police surveillance Garner had been harassed and arrested endlessly illegally violated and stripped searched on the street by police officers he had also been robbed several times The options for legitimate job placement for an ex con were strictly limited and his despair was understandable Still he did what he could to maintain respectability and social order and made the ultimate sacrifice after breaking up a fight in a public park The vast government bureaucracy of the 120th Precinct Staten Island Tomkinsville Park Anti Crime Unit would prove nearly impossible to hold accountable for the murder of Eric Garner “The city of New York went to extraordinary lengths to disappear or flush Eric Garners death down the institutional memory manhole into the vast sewer of blood and unpunished murder that raged under its sidewalks” A half of century has passed since The Civil Rights Act 1964 Sociologist George Kelling PhD supported idealistic anti crime measures as ““Broken Windows” and “Stop and Frisk” associated with racial profiling particularly in selected neighborhoods with increased elements of perceived criminal activity “Zero Tolerance” policies also gave the police authority and control to be tough on crime based on their own observations The “willful disruption of government process” is the “wild card” that allows police to detain and uestion anyone whether or not they have done anything suspicious or wrongThough 72% of NYC illicit drug users were white 80% 90% of all inmates incarcerated for drug offences were black or Hispanic Garner was a very large man had a prison record related to prior drug convictions may have been too visible in a white area of high end condominium complexes Taibbi did not want to define Eric Garner as a political figure his humanity and family life were portrayed exceptionally well The trial involving Garners death launched the career of the prosecuting attorney that failed to win justice or a conviction of the policeman that killed him The election of Donald J Trump and his appointment of Jeff Sessions as attorney general—Sessions promptly proposed restrictions and limitations of investigations by federal government authorities of corrupt police departments dismantling decades of hard work previously accomplished for civil rights With thanks and appreciation to Random House Books via NetGalley for the DDC for the purpose of review

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A work of riveting literary journalism that explores the roots and repercussions of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police from the bestselling author of The Divide On July 17 2014 a forty three year old black man named Eric Garner died on a Staten Island sidewalk after a police officer put him in what has been described as an illegal chokehold during an arrest for selling bootleg cigarettes The final moments of Garner's life were captured on video and seen by millions His agonized last words I can't breathe became a rallying cry for the nascent Black Lives Matter protest movement A grand jury ultimately declined to indict the officer who wrestled G I Can't Breathe A Killing on Bay Street recounts the tragic death of 43 year old Eric Garner that occurred as Staten Island New York City police were attempting to arrest him for selling illicit cigarettes Matt Taibi does a workmanlike job of piecing together the societal circumstances that led to Garner's demiseAs Matt Taibi writesGarner's real crime was being a conspicuous black man of slovenly appearance who just happened to spend his days standing on the street across from a string of high end condominium complexesEric Garner's death was due to an accumulation of factors though ultimately it was caused by a bad cop who had a record of substantiated complaints and was known to use excessive forceGarner's job was selling illegal cigarettes New York City under Mayor Bloomberg had taxed cigarettes to the point where a pack cost 14 This is an exorbitant sum for a pack of smokes and entrepreneurs like Garner took advantage of it Garner hired drivers to go to Virginia where cigarettes were cheap and carry them across state lines and back to him in New York He made a decent enough living to support his wife family and mistressGarner would never have been selling cigarettes except that he had been to prison several times on drug convictions and as a convicted felon he could not even obtain a minimum wage job Garner was certainly no saint but by all accounts of people who lived worked or hung around the area across from Tompkinsville Park on Bay Street in Staten Island Garner had a reputation as a kind man and was well likedNot much effort is made to claim prison as a place of rehabilitation as in times past Thus Garner came out of jail with zero hope at providing for himself and his family This lack of rehabilitation services is particularly true for prisoners coming out of state prisons as the federal prison system does have rehabilitation programs for some parolees Because of this societal shift where prison was proudly claimed to be a punishment with a tacit assumption that no prisoner could be rehabilitated thousands of men like Eric Garner were released back into society with little hope of having a normal life Being a black male certainly did not help Garner's chances for a smooth reentry into civilian lifeIn the 1990's under New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani along with his like minded police chief Bill Bratton the practice of stop and frisk became routine This was based on what is called the Broken Windows theory which asserts that minor crimes lead to bigger crimes Police began a campaign of harassment with strong racial bias against blacks Latinos and other people of color The stop and frisk philosophy operated on the notion that certain people read minorities in certain bad neighborhoods were perpetrating most of these minor crimes and turning the areas where they resided into high crime havens Stop and frisk allowed for a policy of police profiling and harassment of minorities Gratuitous police stops went sky high in New York as this policy was implemented And the stop and frisk continued under Mayor Michael Bloomberg who was uoted as sayingNinety five percent of murders murderers and murder victims fit one MO You can just take the description Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops They are male minorities 16 25 That’s true in New York that’s true in virtually every city inaudible And that’s where the real crime is You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed So you want to spend the money on a lot of cops in the streets Put those cops where the crime is which means in minority neighborhoods So one of the unintended conseuences is people say ‘Oh my God you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities’ Yes that’s true Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods Yes that’s true Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them And then they start ‘Oh I don’t want to get caught’ So they don’t bring the gun They still have a gun but they leave it at homesource were several class action lawsuits brought by justice organizations to curtail stop and frisk and many felt that in 2014 the election of liberal DeBlasio would crack down on police profiling but he also hired Bill Bratton and police continued their stop and frisk tacticsWhat does all this have to do with Eric Garner?Well Eric Garner a harmless street purveyor of illicit cigarettes was freuently arrested and on this day he attracted the attention of officers after he broke up a fight on the street They began a typical harassment that resulted in thisWarning the video below contains graphic violence and could be upsetting to some viewers Garner did resist arrest but never physically attacked officers and was simply asking them in a calm manner when they approached to leave him alone Instead they attempted to take him into custody and one officer placed in him an illegal choke hold a techniue banned by the department After saying I can't breathe11 times he had an asthma attack and died Garner's obesity he weighed about 350 lbs or 158 kg history of heart disease and asthma also contributed to his deathTaibbi does note that Staten Island is a highly segregated borough of New York City with whites mostly living on the lower portion and blacks and other people of color living in the upper regions where Eric Garner was killed The area on Bay Street across from Tompkinsville Park was slowly being gentrified and several pricey high rise condominium towers had been put up in hopes of attracting commuters to Manhattan who wanted close access to the ferries that go back and forth from Staten Island to Manhattan Island Police had been increasingly vigilant after the condos were erectedAfter the death the New York Police Commissioner said that Garner was placed in an illegal choke hold that had been outlawed by the department in 1993 A grand jury failed to indict the officer though he was finally fired in 2019 for his illicit choke holdhttpswwwyoutubecomwatch?vuCB9vMatt Taibi does a good job of telling Eric Garner's story On occasion though Taibi can get a bit histrionic when railing against the system that killed Eric Garner but generally he reports this tragedy with decently written factual information I'm a whim reader and this title caught me as I was browsing on and thinking about the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis also involving a police altercation and attempt to subdue Mr Floyd It's a sad book but serves as a reminder of what can happen when authority goes unchecked and horrible catastrophes result

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I Cant BreatheArner to the pavement Matt Taibbi's deeply reported retelling of these events liberates Eric Garner from the abstractions of newspaper accounts and lets us see the man in full with all his flaws and contradictions intact A husband and father with a complicated personal history Garner was neither villain nor victim but a fiercely proud individual determined to do the best he could for his family bedeviled by bad luck and ultimately subdued by forces beyond his control In America no miscarriage of justice exists in isolation of course and in I Can't Breathe Taibbi also examines the conditions that made this tragedy possible Featuring vivid vignettes of life on the street and I found this nonfiction book hard to put down It’s about Eric Garner and his death at the hands of overzealous police but it’s also about all the lawyers and judges and policies in place to protect police officers and encourage the harassment of black and brown people Garner comes off as a sympathetic though flawed individual The police officers and other members of law enforcement do not come off looking good at all This is not about good cops; it’s about the bad ones who go unpunished I’ve been a fan of Matt Taibbi’s journalism for years and this book cemented my admiration for his work He criticizes liberals and conservatives alike for allowing this sort of discriminatory policing to be encouraged Garner was a large man and an easy bust and because of various uotas police officers were given he was often arrested for his petty crimes He didn’t get worked up when he was arrested for actually committing a crime but they harassed him when he’d just be doing his laundry at the laundry mat or something too The man who took the famous video of Garner was also harassed endlessly after the video went viral the world over Some of the minor crimes he did commit but many of the busts were entirely fabricated to get him to cop to a plea The descriptions of police brutality are hard to read What this book is concerned about though are things like why the prosecuting attorney Dan Donovan brought in 50 witnesses and yet failed to bring an indictment against the officer who did the illegal chokehold Daniel Pantaleo is still a police officer despite numerous abuse allegations including completely unfounded strip searches conducted on the street in broad daylight Moreover countless lawyers tried to get the grand jury information unsealed to no avail What did they have to hide? Donovan successfully ran as a Republican to fill the seat by congressman Michael Grimm who’d been indicted on twenty federal counts You may remember him as the lovely man who told a reporter while a TV crew was filming that he’d throw him over the balcony The reason the Garner case made so much news is because it was all caught on video “Absent the cellphone videos in other words nobody would like have heard how Eric Garner really died” But in this way his case was the exceptionI was shocked to hear all the obstacles a person has to go through to get a substantiated abuse charge against a police officer All we the public ever hear about are the families who get million dollar settlements They represent virtually none of the cases actually alleged This is an important book about race and policing—not just individual police officers but the system as a whole I could uote huge passages from this book Highly recommend Thanks so much to NetGalley and Random House for the opportunity to review this advanced copy RELEASES OCTOBER 24For of my reviews please visit