'I can't breathe,' 'please don't let me die,' and other last words of police brutality victims
NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo choking Eric Garner in New York City (Screenshot/YouTube)

"I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe." Those were the last words uttered by Eric Garner. He told the police who was holding him in a chokehold eleven times that he couldn't breathe. Yet the policeman, Daniel Pantaleo, kept his arms around his neck and, perhaps even more appallingly, neither the police nor the EMT even attempted to revive Mr. Garner who lay on the ground for seven minutes.


Shirin Barghi, a filmmaker from Iran and based in New York City took the last words of Eric Garner as well as other unarmed Black men killed by law enforcement and turned them into very minimalist images that are truly heartbreaking.

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image of Michael Brown's last words via Imagur

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