The family of Eric Garner is demanding answers after New York Police Officers and EMTs failed to resuscitate the 43-year-old Staten Island man who went into cardiac arrest upon his arrest.
The EMTs and paramedics who responded to Garner as he lay unresponsive on the ground from a police officer’s chokehold have been suspended without pay by Richmond University Medical Center, according to SILive.com
Footage surfaced showing EMT Nicole Palmeri failing to revive Garner. She checked his wrist and neck for a pulse.
“Sir, it’s EMS. Come on, we’re here to help,” she said as she tapped Garner on the shoulder.
Garner died after he was confronted by police for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.
“I’m minding my business, why don’t you leave me alone,” Garner told officers.
Officers swarmed Garner after he failed to comply with their orders.
Garner can be heard telling officers he couldn’t breathe.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran, was stripped of his badge and gun and placed on “modified assignment” for applying the chokehold.
A chokehold is a violation of NYPD police procedure.
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