The A-Alikes‘ official video for “Person Of Interest” gets a bump today in light of the recent death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, who died after NYPD officers and emergency workers placed him in an illegal chokehold during an arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. The video directed by Solace of Buendia Productions originally dropped in June, following the release of the Us Against Them EP and the official video for “Stay Watching.” A recent report from Al Jazeera America details the circumstances that lead to Garner’s death:
Garner, 43, suffered a heart attack during a confrontation with police who were attempting to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes outside a beauty parlor, near the Staten Island ferry terminal, authorities said.
In the video footage obtained by the New York Daily News, two plain-clothes officers confront the 6-foot-3-inch tall, 350-pound man, who in turn becomes irate, denying the charges and refusing to be handcuffed when one of the officers places him in what appears to be the chokehold from behind.
Garner is heard complaining repeatedly that he can’t breathe as at least four other officers bring him down. He then apparently loses consciousness. The video shows the officer who apparently choked Garner using his hands to push Garner’s face into the sidewalk.
Check the footage below to watch the official video for “Person Of Interest.” Purchase the Us Against Them EP via iTunes. Read the full story on the death of Eric Garner and watch footage of the confrontation via Al Jazeera America. Stay tuned for more from A-Alikes.