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.