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July 19, 2019, 3:00 AM

Letter to the Editor

By Patrick J. Lynch

News is perpetrating the Garner lie

Manhattan: Leonard Greene’s column “Stop telling us we didn’t see what we saw” (July 16) repeats the lie that Eric Garner uttered the words “I can’t breathe” while being choked by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo. The video clearly shows that neither Pantaleo nor any other police officer is touching Mr. Garner’s neck as he speaks those words. Nor does the apparent contact with Mr. Garner’s neck at an earlier point in the video provide evidence of a chokehold. The physical evidence from Mr. Garner’s autopsy clearly demonstrates that he did not die from asphyxiation or strangulation. And the very fact that Mr. Garner could speak those words is proof that he was able to breathe. But clearly none of that matters to Mr. Greene — he is the one telling New Yorkers “we didn’t see what we saw.”