I Can't Breathe

I Can't Breathe

A Killing on Bay Street

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812988840
Characteristics: xii, 322 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: I can not breathe
I cannot breathe


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Feb 09, 2018

Can't say it better than Taibbi himself: "Garner's death, and the great distances that were traveled to protect his killer, now stand as testaments to America's pathological desire to avoid equal treatment under the law for its black population... But his story - about how our ethnic resentments can be manipulated politically to leave us vulnerable to the lawless violence of our own government - is not his alone. His bad luck has now become ours."
Excellent read - I felt super frustrated and angry while reading about the bureaucratic nonsense that happened after Garner was murdered and how indifferently his family was treated. The justice system in this country is a total joke.

vm510 Jan 11, 2018

Taibbi's 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/numbers-focused NYPD, lack of job opportunity, gentrification, etc. The writing is approachable and conversational. During some parts on audio I dozed off (my favorite parts were learning about Eric and his family).


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