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Four years after police chokehold victim Eric Garner died, there’s a teddy bear and barely justice

Garner, 43, himself a bear of a man, allegedly was selling loose cigarettes on Bay St. when Pantaleo and other cops approached him and tried to put him in handcuffs. As captured on bystander Ramsey Orta’s now-famous video, Pantaleo put his arm around Garner’s throat, and the doomed man began gasping and repeating, “I can’t breathe.” His death, after protesting 11 times that he couldn’t breathe, became one of the cases that fueled the Black Lives Matter movement against police abuse. The city settled with his family for $5.9 million.

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