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

I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street

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 c...

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  • Carol
    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-liked...
  • Andre
    Although I've read quite a few books dealing with unjustified killings of mostly black men, I'm still shocked at how the systemic racism inherent in the criminal justice system conspires to twice victimize those who are unfortunate enough to get caught up in the system. First by death, and then by t...
  • Nancy
    "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 w...
  • Reading in Black & White
    "The lengths we went to as a society to crush someone of such modest ambitions - Garner's big dream was to someday sit down at work - were awesome to contemplate. What happened to Garner spoke to the increasing desperation of white America to avoid having to even see, much less speak or live alongsi...
  • Theresa Alan
    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 a...
  • Julie
    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 daughter...
  • Angie
    Matt Taibbi has always struck me as someone I would probably not be able to stand in person. He always came across arrogant and self-absorbed, a real “dudebro” type. His writing has always been hit or miss for me, usually a miss when he injects too much of himself into the story he’s ...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    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....
  • Janani
    Holy shit. ...

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