On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was put in a choke hold by officers Justin Damico and Daniel Pantaleo after being approached by the offers for suspicion of selling loose cigarettes. The I canít breathe hoodie is in reference to the words Eric Garner repeatedly spoke as the asthmatic man was coke held and piled on top of by officers who claim he was resisting arrest. Mr. Garner was pronounced dead later that day. No officer was held accountable for the murder of Eric Garner.
The I canít breathe hoodie is part of a worldwide movement to gain awareness to police brutality and racism. Many prominent people, teams and protesters are wearing the I canít breathe hoodie in support of this cause.
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