A Tragic Event Caught On Video Played Out Like A Horrific Scene From A 25-Year-Old Movie

After breaking up a street fight, a man named Eric Garner (aka "Big E") was unfairly targeted and killed by New York City police officers in broad daylight. The heartbreaking event, captured on video by witnesses, bore striking resemblance to a scene from the 1989 Spike Lee film "Do the Right Thing," a story about racial tensions in 1980s Brooklyn.

Lee released this quick mash-up, and it made me think this wasn't simply life imitating art. In this case, now 25 years since the release of the film, I recognize that both art and life have been making the same desperate calls for a change in police priorities and an end to the biased exercise and abuse of power. Unfortunately, the costs are much greater when life makes the call.

WARNING: Disturbing footage and depictions of police brutality.

Rest in power, Mr. Garner.

Original by Spike Lee, found on Vimeo. If this is your first time hearing about the Eric Garner story, here's an article to fill in the details.

: A Tragic Event Caught On Video Played Out Like A Horrific Scene From A 25-Year-Old Movie

Her Kids Thought She Was A Monster. And So Did She — Until She Found Out What Made Her That Way.

Imagine your aunt, the same aunt who makes you food, has felt sad and angry all her life. Now imagine if you found out she felt that way because she was sick — but not just any kind of sick.

That's what happened to Blas Diaz. He could barely believe when he found out that his aunt had suffered all those years. So he interviewed her.

For those of you who might be triggered by the topic of suicide, heads up from 4:30 to 5:19.

Podcast by Latino USA, with the original audio on Vocalo Storytellers Workshop. A million thanks to Blas Diaz and his tia for sharing her story. Think you, a relative, or a friend might have bipolar disorder (or maybe you just wanna find out more)? Check out the National Institute of Mental Health. Thumbnail image by Flickr user Bill Strain, used under Creative Commons license.

: Her Kids Thought She Was A Monster. And So Did She — Until She Found Out What Made Her That Way.