Million Hoodies Statement about the Death of Eric Garner:


About the Death of Eric Garner and NYPD Chokehold

We extend our deepest sympathies to Eric Garner’s family. Mr. Garner was a father, a grandfather, and a loving partner. Last Thursday, Mr. Garner’s life was ended by a NYPD tactic previously banned in the '90s by Ray Kelly resulting in the death of Anthony Baez. This is another example of unnecessary overpolicing and "broken windows" policy that targets men and women of color.

Mr. Garner is one of too many New Yorkers who have faced the brunt of police violence over the past few decades. Nearly 20 years after Anthony Baez, Mr. Garner was killed by the NYPD with an illegal chokehold. We must provide oversight for police brutality with an investigation that is transparent and timely and all officers involved need to be held accountable.


Million Hoodies is a national organization with over 50,000 members working to protect and empower young people of color from racial profiling and senseless gun violence through creative technology, strategic communications, and grassroots organizing. Our organization seeks to build a safer and more racially tolerant America by transforming the public narrative on gun violence and racial profiling while providing the tools necessary for communities to protect themselves.

Million Hoodies successfully generated global support for the arrest of George Zimmerman by collecting over two million petition signatures, which became the fastest growing petition in the history of the Internet (ABC News). In 2012 Million Hoodies created a new tool to help track and document incidents of police misconduct and institutional discrimination. Million Hoodies has since collected over 2,000 incidents of misconduct in New York City alone.

Our work recognizes that the conditions that caused the death of Trayvon Martin and many others like him are deeply embedded in institutional injustice and structural violence. While accountability in individual cases is important, we realize that we must attack the core inequalities in our society if we are to put a stop to the senseless deaths and systemic violence inflicted on people of color every day.

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