"NEW YORK'S VERDICT: WE CAN'T BREATHE!" - headline in a tabloid... It's simple enough, what happened. Eric Garner bought himself some untaxed - that is, packs of tailor-made Carolina cigarettes unstamped by the New York Department of Revenue - from the Mafia, and he was peddling them on the sidewalk in an upscale shopping district of Staten Island - the quietest, almost countrified, borough of the Big Apple. Wrong, wrong. wrong. Someone, probably a merchant, got uptight and let the finest know. They warned the big man. He weighed nearly 400 pounds, all flab and phlegmatic, asthmatic, and arrogant difficulty packed onto a massive and lofty frame, outfitted with an enlarged heart. Then they warned him, again. And again.
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