Eric Garner was accused of selling loosies (single cigarettes) in NYC when the police arrested him. Stop and Frisk laws in NYC are seemingly loose in probable cause in that they can stop and search without probable cause. Garner resisted during the process of arresting him and one of the four officers subdued him with a chokehold. He later died as a result.
Why was he arrested for selling single cigarettes instead of fined? Taxes.
Bloomberg raised cigarette taxes something like 58 percent in 2010. This in turn led to black market sales like we have as an example here with Garner who allegedly was supplementing his income with cigarette sales. Cigarettes are often bought in other states and essentially smuggled in. A pack of squares in NYC is pushing 13 dollars with a substantial amount being taxation.
Mayor Bloomberg, with the help of the legislature, added a $1.50 per pack cigarette tax in New York City from .08 cents in 2010 in an effort to curb smoking. Bloomberg, the Humanitarian Imperialist, also banned Big Gulps in NYC because he knows what good for you.
New York state imposes a tax of $4.35 on a pack of cigarettes. That’s about the highest of any state if not the highest. That’s on top of the local New York City tax of $1.60. Was Garners life worth less than $6.00 USD?
That’s 6 dollars in tax revenue. Arresting him even if he had gone peacefully and without incident would have cost far more than that, but again its only tax money. The Stop and Frisk tactics in NYC were also in place and doing well when Bloomberg was mayor still exist and flourish.
In fact, right now there are groups trying to counter the Stop and Frisk laws that illegally detain and search pretty much anyone the NYC Police Department wants to. The 14th amendment grants us the right to freedom of illegal search and seizure but that isn’t the way NYPD sees it.
“There is also a pair of bills before the Council, known collectively as “The Right to Know Act.” The legislation seeks to change the way police officers interact with the public, specifically the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policies, by making it easier for citizens to exercise their rights. For instance, the bills would require police officers conducting warrantless searches to tell the individuals that they have a right not to be searched. “ – Huffington Post
Stop and Frisk is a program that New York City uses by practice in which police officers stop and questions hundreds of thousands of pedestrians annually to frisk and search them for weapons and illegal contraband. Almost three quarters of a million people were stopped and frisked in 2011.
Based on a standard which holds less than probable cause, this power is granted upon the standard of reasonable suspicion. The police must find that it is reasonably suspicious to be a minority in NYC along with Bloomberg as it proliferated with his position as Mayor in NYC.
The NY Post ran some writing that blames Eric Garner for his own death. “Tragically, stupidly, fatally, inexplicably… fought the law. What the NY Post follows as philosophy isn’t freedom, it is tyranny. Overwhelmingly targeting minorities in hopes of reducing crime must be acceptable practice for the NY Post as well as the NYPD and City Administration. Guilty until proven innocent? The New York Civil Liberties Union appears to think so.
“An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than 4 million times since 2002, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics. Nearly nine out of 10 stopped-and-frisked New Yorkers have been completely innocent, according to the NYPD’s own reports.”
The New York Civil Liberties Union states the percentages of searches and what the police found through reports. In August they also released a study that showed the Stop and Frisk analysis of the Police Department through Bloomberg’s administration shows stark racial disparities. The NYCLU also shows that in 2013 the recovery rate of illegal firearms was only .02 percent and overwhelmingly targeted young black and Latino men.
Do the NY Police and the past and current administration like Bloomberg really support this sort of system that targets minorities and illegally harasses innocent citizens? Apparently so! Many citizens follow Bloomberg and contribute to his current campaigns to further steal the rights of citizens in America.