Back in 2014, Eric Garner died when he was put in a suppression hold by New York City police. Garner was selling loose cigarettes without collecting taxes on them, and Bill de Blasio demanded a cut of that action. Had it not been for de Blasio’s greed, Garner would be alive today.
Years ago, it was estimated that our thicket of laws has created a situation where the average American commits a felony every single day. This is just laws and regulations passed by the federal government, not counting state and local laws. So if we are concerned with police brutality, one way of reducing violent confrontations with the police is to reduce interactions with the police.