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Spike Lee Compares NYPD Chokehold Incident To Radio Raheem’s Death



Spike Lee is drawing attention to the recent death of  Staten Island resident Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD by comparing it to a scene from his 1989 classic Do The Right Thing.

In a video released Monday, Spike draws parallels to the two men by mixing cellphone footage of Garner’s death and a scene from the end of Do The Right Thing in which Radio Raheem is choked to death by an NYPD officer holding a baton.

Garner died in after being stopped by police last week and held in chokehold which is banned by the New York Police Department. Video of the altercation leading up to his death went viral and has since caused protest and outcry against police violence in New York.

Lee who has been very vocal about police brutality in the past, posted his version of the video to his YouTube channel and took to Instagram posting the following picture:

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“Brother Eric Garner No Longer Breathes Courtesy Of Banned NYPD Chokehold. Rest In Power” he captioned the photo.

Since the news of the killing, Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has been bringing attention to the issue. Today the Reverend accompanied the family of Eric Garner to meet with federal prosecutors. Sharpton has been involved with working on similar cases in the past including the Trayvonn Martin trail.

Watch Spike’s video below:

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