By Matt Agorist | Free Thought Project
The choke hold has been prohibited by the NYPD for decades as means of force. In 1994 the NYPD made national headlines for an illegal choke hold made by officer Francis X. Livoti, which led to the death Anthony Baez. Since then, the department has had an official policy banning the use of this life threatening application of force.
However, that has not stopped them from using it.
In recent years there have been over 1,000 complaints against the NYPD for officers using choke holds.
The banned practice is apparently so common that it was caught on video by a citizen only a few days prior to it being used to kill Eric Garner.
The video below was uploaded to facebook on the 14th of July.
Witnesses say an argument between a young man and a police officer broke out near 125th Street in New York.