The conflicts between people of color and the criminal justice system is no secret. This has been an ongoing problem in America for centuries and sadly it never seems to stop. Throughout history people of color have had to suffer at the hands of the criminal justice system which time and time again has led to up risings in society such as the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement and still seen today with the Black Lives Matter movement. A prime example of this never ending problem took place on July 17th 2014 when Eric Garner was brutally detained by police officers resulting in his death. On this tragic day, the 43-year-old was in Staten island where he allegedly sold illegal untaxed cigarettes. Garner was no stranger to the police force in the area having had prior encounters. Yet, on July 17th a police officer who had encountered Garner once before had been accompanied by a new partner Daniel Pantaleo who would be the one to later cause the death of Eric Garner. As they approached him, Garner had proclaimed that he had not done anything. He kept insisting that he was just sitting there after supposedly breaking up a fight which had occurred before. The police officers continued to instigate him for the reason being they had seen him sell these cigarettes. The argument had gone on for several minutes, when both police officers to took out their hand cuffs and proceeded to arrest him. Garner began to retrieve his arms asking the police officers not to touch him. In that moment, officer Daniel Pantaleo had placed his arms on Garner and proceeded to put him in a chokehold; an action that is prohibited in the New York State Police Department. He wrestled him to the ground remaining in a chokehold until he was placed in handcuffs. It was at this point the officer held his head against the pavement all the while he was yelling “I can’t breathe.” He had repeated the statement about 11 times which received no attention. He had been left on the ground unresponsive. No one took that action to give him CPR because he appeared to still be breathing. Garner was later pronounced dead due to severe neck and chest compressions. Two days after the fatal encounter officer Pantaleo was put on desk duty and was stripped of his gun and badge. With all this being captured on video by a bystander the police officer was taken to court and the entire incident was put under investigation. Upon investigating the police officer’s history, it was brought to light that there were multiple charges of disciplinary complaints and individual allegations against him. Upon speaking to the jury, he stated he did not mean to put Garner in a chokehold and that he was attempting a different form of restraint. A day later the grand jury gave its decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo, due to the lack of evidence. In my personal opinion I felt the police officer should have been charged and held accountable for Mr. Garners death. Although there wasn’t much evidence, it was a clear use of excessive force on the unarmed man. The officer had utilized a prohibited form of action being the chokehold. It’s clear to see this never ending problem people of color, specifically black people, will always have to face in life. They will always be persecuted by the criminal justice system as they have been for centuries and it seems that no matter how loud the people speak and make themselves heard there seems to be nothing done in response to it which is the biggest crime of all. Sadly, this incident took place only a week after the officer involved in the Michael Brown shooting was not indicted. This triggered an up roar in the black lives matter movement where thousands of people took to the streets reciting Garners last words “I can’t breathe”.