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Thu Dec 4, 2014, 12:13 AM Dec 2014

Rep. Peter King on ‘Obese’ Eric Garner: ‘If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Talk’

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) followed up on his tweet thanking the grand jury for deciding not to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold by explaining his take on the case to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday evening. Despite the video evidence of Garner repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” as officers tackled him the ground and choked him until he ultimately died, King would not allow that excessive force had been used.

“First of all, the death was tragic, and our hearts have to go out to the Garner family,” King began. Getting that obligatory statement out of the way, the congressman reiterated that he does not believe the officer should have been indicted and proceeded to defend the police actions.

“If he had not had asthma and a heart condition and was so obese, almost definitely he would not have died for this,” King said of Garner. “The police had no reason to know he was in serious condition.” On Garner repeating “I can’t breathe,” King said, “the fact of the matter is, if you can’t breathe, you can’t talk.” He even suggested that Garner may have been faking those symptoms so the police would go easier on him.

“People are saying very casually that this was done out of racial motives or violation of civil rights,” he continued. “There’s not a hint there that anyone used any racial epithet.” He said he has “no doubt” that a “350 pound white guy” would have been treated the same way.


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1. Because nothing says "faking those symptoms" like promptly dying.
Thu Dec 4, 2014, 12:19 AM
Dec 2014

Notice how he dismisses any possible racial aspect simply because none of the cops used an epithet? That's pretty fucking desperate right there!


(444 posts)
2. Yes that is usually a sarcastic reply to a victim by cops who don't
Thu Dec 4, 2014, 12:21 AM
Dec 2014

care about a person's well being. We can add Rethug politicians to the list now.

I also think that Mr Garner died on the sidewalk before the ambulance arrived.


(89,711 posts)
3. Chris Christie proves the opposite, a fat rude white guy is cheered and seen as Presidential
Thu Dec 4, 2014, 12:23 AM
Dec 2014



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7. I was a severe asthmatic as a child. What he said just isn't true.
Thu Dec 4, 2014, 01:09 AM
Dec 2014

Even during my worst episodes I could wheeze out some words. It all depends on if there is someone there willing to listen.

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