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

I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street

A work of riveting literary journalism that explores the roots and repercussions of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police—from the bestselling author of The DivideOn July 17, 2014, a forty-three-year-old black man named Eric Garner died on a Staten Island sidewalk after a police officer put him in what has been described as an illegal chokehold du...

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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...
  • 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...
  • Trish
    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 chokeho...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    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/number...
  • 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...
  • Zak
    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, a ...
  • Michelle
    “Never be content to sit back and watch as others rights are trampled upon. Your rights could be next.” -DaShanne StokesMatt Taibbi, a notable journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine and NYT bestselling author, specializes in reportage of economic, political and social injustice. “ I Ca...
  • Lori
    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 de...

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