Rep. Hank Johnson: I Can’t Breathe (Video)

Congressman Hank Johnson’s moving tribute to Eric Garner, a man who died after NYPD officers used a prohibited chokehold on him. Rep. Johnson is sponsoring legislation to curb police militarization.

“Black men and boys killed by police.
I can’t breathe.
Impunity for the killers — no justice, no peace.
I can’t breathe.
Militarized police met peaceful protesters on their knees.
I can’t breathe.
Weapons of war — a show of force on our streets.
I can’t breathe.
Disenfranchised youth driven to violence as speech.
I can’t breathe.
Cynical media think this makes great TV.
I can’t breathe.
This cowardly Congress afraid of losing our seats.
I can’t breathe.
Half-hearted reform when there’s more that we need.
I can’t breathe.
Just thinking about the dispair that this breeds.
I can’t breathe.
Black lives matter. Hear my pleas.
I can’t breathe.
I yield back.”



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