After a disturbing video of New York resident Eric Garner being placed in a chokehold and restrained by police went viral, critics have publicly spoken out against the NYPD’s repeated examples of police brutality and use of excessive force particularly in inner city communities.
On the video, Garner, an asthmatic and father of six who family and friends described as a “gentle giant,” is seen telling cops that he can’t breath and appears unresponsive moments later. His cause of death is reportedly “pending further studies.”
The chilling video not only provoked anger, but also possessed a troubling resemblance to a scene out of a movie — to be specific, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” Garner’s apparent death by chokehold harkens back to the scene in Lee’s film where character Radio Raheem is choked to death by police, reiterating how the director’s art truly imitates life.
Lee posted a video to his YouTube page that combines images from his film, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and the viral video of Garner. The result, is nothing less than chilling.
Check out the mashup scene in the clip above.