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The Resource I can't breathe : a killing on Bay Street, Matt Taibbi

I can't breathe : a killing on Bay Street, Matt Taibbi

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I can't breathe : a killing on Bay Street
Title
I can't breathe
Title remainder
a killing on Bay Street
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Matt Taibbi
Title variation
  • I cannot breathe
  • I can not breathe
Title variation remainder
a killing on Bay Street
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eng
Summary
"On July 17, 2014, a forty-three-year-old black man named Eric Garner died on a Staten Island sidewalk after a police officer put him in what has been described as an illegal chokehold during an arrest for selling bootleg cigarettes. The final moments of Garner's life were captured on video and seen by millions. His agonized last words, 'I can't breathe,' became a rallying cry for the nascent Black Lives Matter protest movement. A grand jury ultimately declined to indict the officer who wrestled Garner to the pavement. Matt Taibbi's deeply reported retelling of these events liberates Eric Garner from the abstractions of newspaper accounts and lets us see the man in full--with all his flaws and contradictions intact. A husband and father with a complicated personal history, Garner was neither villain nor victim, but a fiercely proud individual determined to do the best he could for his family, bedeviled by bad luck, and ultimately subdued by forces beyond his control. In America, no miscarriage of justice exists in isolation, of course, and in I Can't Breathe Taibbi also examines the conditions that made this tragedy possible. Featuring vivid vignettes of life on the street and inside our Kafkaesque court system, Taibbi's kaleidoscopic account illuminates issues around policing, mass incarceration, the underground economy, and racial disparity in law enforcement. No one emerges unsullied, from the conservative district attorney who half-heartedly prosecutes the case to the progressive mayor caught between the demands of outraged activists and the foot-dragging of recalcitrant police officials. A masterly narrative of urban America and a scathing indictment of the perverse incentives built into our penal system, I Can't Breathe drills down into the particulars of one case to confront us with the human cost of our broken approach to dispensing criminal justice"--Book jacket
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Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
Review
/* Starred Review */ Rolling Stone contributing editor Taibbi (Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, 2017, etc.) goes behind the scenes of an infamous police killing of an unarmed black man to explore a tragic national phenomenon.When Eric Garner died on July 17, 2014, on a street in the New York City borough of Staten Island, much of the available information suggested police officers fatally choked him because he was resisting arrest for illegally selling untaxed cigarettes. The coverage also demonized Garner as a physically huge, threatening black man with an extensive criminal history. In the first 100 pages of this searing exposé, the author paints a portrait of Garner as a mostly well-liked street hustler trying to provide for his wife and children, a former talented athlete who eventually weighed more than 350 pounds due to lack of adequate self-care and proper health care. After deeply exploring Garner's life from a variety of perspectives, Taibbi offers detailed reporting about the out-of-control Staten Island police officers present at the death scene, especially Daniel Pantaleo, an officer prone to excessive force who had already faced at least two civil rights lawsuits. In the second half of the book, the author explores the futile efforts of the Garner family to achieve posthumous justice and also to remove Pantaleo from the NYPD. Taibbi clearly shows how numerous police personnel, as well as the Staten Island district attorney and judge, frustrated the search for truth in every way they could. What emerges from the author's superb reporting and vivid writing is a tragically revealing look at a broken criminal justice system geared to serve white citizens while often overlooking or ignoring the rights of others. "Garner's death," writes Taibbi, "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." Sure to be a fixture on any reading list or curriculum regarding the woeful state of the American criminal justice system.(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2017)
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10596997
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PABRO
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Taibbi, Matt
Dewey number
364.1523
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Garner, Eric
  • Police brutality
  • Discrimination in law enforcement
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Racial profiling in law enforcement
Target audience
adult
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a killing on Bay Street
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I can't breathe : a killing on Bay Street, Matt Taibbi
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Includes index
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Part I: Life and death on Bay Street. Ibrahim ; Pinky ; Pedro ; John ; George ; Jewel ; Numbers ; Eric -- Part II. The perpetual injustice machine. Erica ; Dan ; Carmen ; Jimmy ; Daniel ; Ramsey ; Ibrahim ; Erica
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 322 pages
Isbn
9780812988840
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
BD17194220
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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118170309
Label
I can't breathe : a killing on Bay Street, Matt Taibbi
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Life and death on Bay Street. Ibrahim ; Pinky ; Pedro ; John ; George ; Jewel ; Numbers ; Eric -- Part II. The perpetual injustice machine. Erica ; Dan ; Carmen ; Jimmy ; Daniel ; Ramsey ; Ibrahim ; Erica
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 322 pages
Isbn
9780812988840
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
BD17194220
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
118170309

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