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WATCH: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ — Rep. Hank Johnson’s incredible tribute to Eric Garner

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Wednesday night, a grand jury in New York City refused to indict police officers in the killing of Eric Garner, a man who died after officers used a prohibited choke hold on him. The decision set off protests across the country.

Some in Congress have already expressed their solidarity with Garner and other victims of police brutality. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), the sponsor of legislation to curb police militarization, made a moving tribute to Garner, speaking about police militarization and including the phrase, “I can’t breathe” between each statement—the phrase Garner said as his life was choked away, and which has since become a rallying cry for protesters.

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Here’s the full text of Johnson’s tribute:

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“Black men and boys killed by police.

I can’t breathe.

Impunity for the killers—no justice, no peace.

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I can’t breathe.

Militarized police met peaceful protesters on their knees.

I can’t breathe.

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Weapons of war—a show of force on our streets.

I can’t breathe.

Disenfranchised youth driven to violence as speech.

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I can’t breathe.

Cynical media think this makes great TV.

I can’t breathe.

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This cowardly Congress afraid of losing our seats.

I can’t breathe.

Half-hearted reform when there’s more that we need.

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I can’t breathe.

Just thinking about the despair that this breeds.

I can’t breathe.

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Black lives matter. Hear my pleas.

I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.

I yield.”


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