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I can't breathe : a killing on Bay Street

Author: Matt Taibbi
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version: Taibbi, Matt.
I can't breathe.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2018
(DLC) 2017301183
(OCoLC)1051777643
Named Person: Eric Garner; Eric Garner
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Taibbi
ISBN: 9780812988864 0812988868
OCLC Number: 1008893629
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 322 pages)
Contents: PART I. Life and death on Bay Street. Ibrahim ; Pinky ; Pedro ; John ; George ; Jewel ; Numbers ; Eric --
PART II. The perpetual injustice machine. Erica ; Dan ; Carmen ; Jimmy ; Daniel ; Ramsey ; Ibrahim ; Erica --
Epilogue --
Dedication --
Acknowledgments --
By Matt Taibbi --
About the author --
Index.
Responsibility: Matt Taibbi.

Abstract:

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 Garner 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 inside our Kafkaesque 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 justice.

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