I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi

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I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street Read Online Free - An exploration into the roots and aftermath of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the police in a work of riveting literary journalism from the bestselling author of The Divide.

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York City, after a police officer put him in what has been described as a “chokehold” during an arrest for selling “loosies,” or single cigarettes. The final moments of his life were captured on video and seen by millions, sparking a nationwide series of protests that built into the “Black Lives Matter” movement that has transformed American politics.

Weeks after Garner’s death, two New York City police officers were killed by a young black man from Maryland, in what he claimed was revenge for Garner’s death. Those killings in turn led to police protests, clashes with New York’s new liberal mayor, and an eventual work slow-down.

Taibbi tells a compelling story of the crime, the grand jury, the media circus, the murder of the police, and the protests from every side.



Title : I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street
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ISBN : 0812988841
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Reviews


Lori rated it ★★★★☆

February 03, 2018

A well constructed and compelling argument in defense of Eric Garner and other victims killed by police officers. I’m aware of misconduct and abusive behavior by the author in other publications, but there is none of that here. You get Eric’s story and a glimpse at some of the political decisions...


Carol rated it ★★★★☆

August 12, 2017

ERIC GARNER died on the streets of Staten Island on July 17, 2014 at the hands of a New York City Police Officer. He was 43 years old, weighed 350 pounds at the time and was in poor health. He was also a known drug dealer. As a big, imposing man, he was intimidating, but for the most part well-li...


Julie rated it ★★★★☆

October 29, 2017

I am going to review this book at some point. But, the world we live in right now is just crazy!! Information regarding the author of this book, which came to light just as I turned the last pages of this book have stunned me. While, I realize this is a story that needs telling, that Eric's daugh...


Theresa rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

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 sym...


Trish rated it ★★★★☆

November 18, 2017

The detailed nature of this book about the life and death of Eric Garner allows us to see, in horrible living color, exactly where we’re at in terms of race relations in the United States. Eric Garner died July 17, 2014 in Staten Island, victimized on this day by police who put him in a chokehold...


Michelle rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2017

“Never be content to sit back and watch as others rights are trampled upon. Your rights could be next.” -DaShanne Stokes Matt 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:...


Vanessa (splitreads) rated it ★★★☆☆

December 18, 2017

3.5. This book succeeds in giving the reader a fuller picture of Eric Garner - his personality, his life, his family, and his troubles. This book is also successful at showing the reader why Eric Garner died that day: the intersection of broken windows policing, stop-and-frisk, the statistics/num...


Zak rated it ★★★★☆

November 26, 2017

Whenever the issue of police brutality arises, the question of appropriate and proportionate use of force always crops up. One side will argue that it was unjustified, excessive; and even worse, racially motivated. The other side will argue that it was totally justified, necessary; and what more,...


Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

November 14, 2017

This was incredibly sad. I live under a rock, so I had no idea who Eric Garner was until now, but his story and tragic death is a cry out to us all to stop injustice when we see it, and a wake-up call to police brutality.


Nancy rated it ★★★★★

September 11, 2017

"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." from the publisher's web...





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