Written by Phillip Corbin.

The phrase, “Breathe easy, don’t break the law” has risen in support of law enforcers to combat critics of police brutality in the aftermath of the Eric Garner incident.

The phrase is catchy and intuitively makes sense when taken at face value to the average law enforcement supporter; however, when one researches this statement more thoroughly, the facts do not accurately reflect the sanguine intention of the remark.

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Consider some of the following, recent examples:

John Crawford III wasn’t breaking the law and he isn’t breathing easily. He was shot on sight by police while shopping for a BB gun in Walmart.

Akai Gurley wasn’t breaking the law and he isn’t breathing easily. He was shot by the police simply for opening his apartment door while they were nearby and investigating someone else.

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Jonathan Ferrell wasn’t breaking the law and he isn’t breathing easily. He was in a car accident and was knocking on doors to get someone to call him an ambulance. Instead, the police responded and killed him when he ran to them for help.

Image: Image: Handout shows former Florida A&M University student and football player Ferrell

Aiyana Jones wasn’t breaking the law and she isn’t breathing easily. The 7-year old girl was sleeping on her couch when a SWAT team conducted a no-knock raid on the wrong home and shot her in the head.

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Kelly Thomas wasn’t breaking the law and he isn’t breathing easily. He was a schizophrenic man who was falsely accused of breaking into cars. The police beat him to death while he begged for his life.

Bounkham Jr wasn’t breaking the law and he isn’t breathing easily. The 18-month old baby was sleeping when a SWAT team threw a grenade into his crib during a no-knock raid on the wrong home. Flesh on Bounkham’s face was blown off down to the bone, his lung was collapsed, and he went into a coma. The county is claiming sovereign immunity and is refusing to pay $1 million in medical bills which have saved him but leave him disfigured and his parents in debt.

As shown in the above examples, law enforcers care only for their own safety and will preserve their self interest without restraint even when it comes at the expense of the lives of completely innocent people, conjectured suspects, or other victims caught in their crossfire in their petty quest to assert their dominance over others.

In the United States, one doesn’t have to break the law to have their breath taken away by law enforcers.

Continue to “Breathe Easy, Don’t Break the Law” Part 2