Eric Garner’s Funeral: NYPD Impenitent


Calvin Bryant, a 53-year-old anti-police-violence activist who says he knew Garner growing up. Bryant was angry, and let the press know it as he stood with his cousin, Richard Kirkpatrick, and his two young children, holding a sign that read “# I Can’t Breath” and wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the face of Ramarley Graham, the Bronx teenager killed in his own home by police in 2012. “When is this going to stop?” Bryant asked reporters, clutching his shirt. “Ramarley Graham, this case ain’t been solved yet, and already you’ve got the nerve to kill this man Eric Garner.”


Why Did Police Arrest This Man in Front of His Kids at Eric Garner’s Funeral?

Garner Funeral where Calvin Bryant was arrested  in front of Children

Eric Garner’s Funeral:  NYPD Impenitent

As if to show the world their characters, culture of impenitence, and confident arrogance, NYPD officers harassed mourners and fabricated another arrest. This time, they arrested Calvin Bryant on an “outstanding warrant” and for “resisting arrest.”  They arrested this mourner at  Eric Garner’s funeral.    How do such actions by the NYPD ameliorate tension and build trust?

It’s déjà vu!  It’s sarcasm, but true:  How creative is the NYPD?   Why change a good lie when most Americans secretly approve, harbor biases, and don’t care? (smiles)

The NYPD continues unabated to terrorize communities of color. The video is extremely poignant and brought sorrowful tears as friends and neighbors mourning the loss of Eric Garner pleaded helplessly as another family member and neighbor was hauled away by the NYPD. Calvin Bryant, with his family–his children–exercised his First Amendment right to free speech (within federal laws) and was arrested by the NYPD.

Consider the obvious and this: NYPD created another household of children run by  single black women. What are the ramifications?  It’s interesting how  our government creates poverty through jobs and lucrative parasitic  opportunites for chosen businesses.

Why would the NYPD provoke a community that is in mourning, fearful, and mistrustful? Most black communities are disarmed because of arrest records. I believe this element was codified into a silent agreement.

NYPD’s boldness is amazing! They  are fearless of repercussions.   They are impenitent! In plain sight, NYPD  officers of the law fabricated the routine lies (resisting arrest–the outstanding arrest was  probably fabricated) with impunity and lack of accountability.   They harassed    a member of a community that is suffering,  rendered helpless but not broken,  and  mainstream media turned blind eyes looking for “the news.”   A few weeks ago, the same police department murdered Eric Garner. This was his funeral. His last words were, “Leave me alone. This stops today.” Then, he was murdered by Officer Daniel Pantaleo.   NYPD  displayed impenitence by ignoring  the dead man’s wishes at his funeral.

Why did NYPD arrest Calvin Bryant?

How many times was Calvin Bryant arrested by the NYPD? Eric Garner had 31 arrests. Another man was arrested over 200 times for trespassing at his place of employment–all dismissed. Interestingly, with that many arrests, Eric Garner’s only charge was possession of a joint, I think. There are so many stories with similar patterns,  I get confused.

In reviewing this pattern, it appeared the NYPD employed racial profiling to target black and Hispanic people along with other groups less equipped than whites to offer a defense or resistance.

In addition, there were monetary benefits linked to arrests that went directly to the NYPD and the judicial system. How can it cost NYC $168,000 per year to house a prisoner at Rikers? Who earns a salary of $168,000? How many of you would pay that much for accommodations at a correctional facility akin to Rikers? A fiscally responsible city such as NYC paid that much, which seems exorbitant and uncharacteristic, unless corruption and fraud were involved.

Another consideration is that NYPD is heavily armed now more than ever–thanks to FEMA and the Health and Human Services Department (HHS). NYPD is dangerous, totally unaccountable, and entirely above the law.

The NYPD’s reign of terror against communities of color continues undaunted, undeterred, and surprisingly emboldened. The recent homicide death of Eric Garner at the hands of Officer David Pantaleo, as well as other deaths, are still under investigation and with no arrests: Why should NYPD fear justice?

An abundance of evidence, but no arrests. Every day, American citizens are arrested based only on accusations and without substantiating evidence. Or, as has become a pattern, they are arrested based on the statements of an arresting police officer such as Daniel Pantaleo, without corroborating evidence and with an abundance of conflicting evidence.

NYPD used racial profiling to target American citizens in black and other communities. These citizens became targeted victims and were repeatedly arrested, delivering a steady stream of income and satisfaction akin to Sodom and Gomorrah. Groups targeted for incarceration have only two options: obey or die.

NYPD and justice departments deployed racial profiling as a strategy to increase stats and show Americans that our tax money was well-spent on the NYPD, a tough crime-fighting unit. (vomits)    (See Evidence-based Programs: Right Answers Wrong Questions.)

Do you think the NYPD is a tough  crime-fighting unit or a crime-creating unit?


  • Boycott NYC until the Officers  involved in #EricGarner murder are behind bars.
  •  Show Your Support.  
  • Everyone can participate 
  • And Send a POWERFUL message to government and the NYPD

What can YOU do?

-Attend no conferences in NYC– choose alternate locations for events.

-Shop outside of NYC.  


-Demand the  arrest of Officer Daniel Pantaleo without bail

NYPD serves and protects We, the people

Still investigating and no arrests and solid evidence of #Policebrutality are no longer acceptable responses

Some rightly say, “What is the point of arrests when justice will not be served in court? “

Let’s ensure justice is served


Updated 12/5/14:

Justice was not served! Instead, Daniel Pantaleo,  a #killercop is Free to kill again and molest black men.

NYPD, protected by the government’s expanded immunity against all crimes,  use Grand Juries to bypass laws. Grand Juries have morphed into a corrupt system where government official murder unarmed Americans with immunity, impunity and no accountability…Held in secret in the interest of National Security.

#BoycottNYC Now!


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Other Important and Related Stories:

1.  Bystander killed in Calif. standoff

2.   After Eric Garner’s Death, Cops Still Won’t Do The Right Thing

3.   NYPD Is Now Bypassing Journalists to Write News Stories About Itself

4.  If Filming Cops is ‘Interference,’ It’s the Least We Can Do

5.  NYC’s yearly cost per inmate almost as expensive as Ivy League tuition


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Other Important and Related Stories:

1. Bystander killed in Calif. standoff

2. After Eric Garner’s Death, Cops Still Won’t Do The Right Thing

3. NYPD Is Now Bypassing Journalists to Write News Stories About Itself

4. If Filming Cops is ‘Interference,’ It’s the Least We Can Do

5. NYC’s yearly cost per inmate almost as expensive as Ivy League tuition


Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

7 thoughts on “Eric Garner’s Funeral: NYPD Impenitent

    1. Unbelievable is right.

      As long as people don’t know the NYPD and other police departments can continue to intimidate., Traditional media does not want to get involved, they are afraid. Furthermore, traditional media has better relationships with police departments than with the affected communities, Moreover, cops are sources of anonymous tips.,

      Now that cops are all over the internet, I believe they have the power to change the frequency on any social channel. Scary stuff going on.

  1. Reblogged this on United States Hypocrisy and commented:
    Even people mourning the loss of a loved aren’t allowed to say good-bye in peace! Calvin Bryant was harassed and arrested in front of his children while attending Eric Garner’s funeral. The NYPD and other departments nationwide have absolutely no shame it appears. And they wonder why there is so much ill will between cops and the communities they are assigned to “protect”…

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