Director Spike Lee is taking yet another stand against police brutality, this time in remembrance of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old father of six who died after being held in an illegal chokehold by NYPD officers.
Lee, who previously released a video mash-up of an iconic police brutality scene from Do The Right Thing with Garner’s death, posted a large-scale photograph of Garner outside his Fort Greene, Brooklyn studio with the words “I can’t breathe.”
In the now viral video of Garner’s death, taped by Ramsey Orta, the father can be heard telling the police that his air supply was cut off because of the chokehold. The restraining practice has been banned in New York for some years.
Lee posted a photo of the memorial, created by artist Adrian Franks, to his Instagram with the caption: Our memorial for Eric Garner in front of our 40 Acres Headquarters in Da Republic of Brooklyn, New York. Artwork by Adrian Franks
The officer responsible for the chokehold has since been stripped of his gun and badge. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide last week.
To watch Lee’s Radio Raheem/Eric Garner police brutality video, click here.
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