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Rhetorical Analysis of RAW FOOTAGE Eric Garner KILLED After NYPD Cop
Puts Him In CHOKEHOLD
Cynthia Reyes
University Of Texas at El Paso

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The YouTube video RAW FOOTAGE Eric Garner KILLED After NYPD Cop Puts Him In
CHOKEHOLD posted by CRUPE TV shows a video of the New York Police Department
choke holding Eric Garner to death. The video shows how the NYPD accuses the victim of
illegally selling cigarettes in the street, which is illegal in New York. Mr. Garner argues he was
separating a fight and was not causing any harm to the community. Also he declared that the
NYPD always harassed and accused him of doing illegal activities. In the video Eric Garner
quotes that he is minding his own business, to please leave him alone. The officers command
Mr. Garner to put his hands behind his back, and he refuses to do as told, this causes the police
officers to place a choke hold on Garner not allowing him to breathe. The community was
concerned about the abuse of power used by the NYPD as this seemed to be a case of racism.
The objective of writing this paper is to inform the reader of a police brutality case using the
audience, purpose and rhetorical appeal of ethos, pathos and logos portrayed in the RAW
FOOTAGE Eric Garner KILLED After NYPD Cop Puts Him In CHOKEHOLD video.
The intended audience for the YouTube video RAW FOOTAGE Eric Garner KILLED After
NYPD Cop Puts Him In CHOKEHOLD is an audience that is against Police brutality or the
general public due to the fact that the general public is supposed to be protected by police
officers Nation Wide and the video depicts a civilian being chocked to his death without the
civilian displaying a lethal weapon. Furthermore, a specific group of anti-police-brutality might
be significantly interested in this video. For example any anti-police brutality agencies such as
Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) an agency that is main goal is for police
brutality to stop. It provides political and legislative action, education, research, as well as
providing advocacy for victims and their families. In this video one is able to see clearly how the
NYPD abused of the power that is entrusted to them.
The purpose of this video is to make people more aware of the existing abuse of power that is
displayed by officers that are in authority and to inform the public of actions that occur all
around the nation. Thanks to portable recording devices capturing footage like the one depicted
on the video has helped in modern times to make people better aware of these actions. It also
serves so people can better understand that law enforcement is not perfect and there is always
room for improvement as well as alterations. One of the many suggestions the community
proposes the police departments is to change their conduct policy. Enforce the power an officer
should be granted and the right use they should give it. Others may use the video as a memorial
and a remembrance of the man that lost his life to a police officer. This topic causes controversy
and is seen in different points of views, as to some might be against or pro to the abuse some
officers use of their power.
The credibility of the video is somewhat odd because the video itself was shot by bystander
that was witnessing the entire scene. The video was amateur at best and was obviously not

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recorded by a professional with a high-quality camera. Moreover, the people that are depicted in
the video, such as the officer that killed Eric, is credible individual. He is a legitimate officer of
the peace. Even though there is not much to say about the credibility, it is safe to say that in this
type of video, perhaps an amateur shooting the video, is what is most credible because this
would imply that no alteration were made to the video. Also one does not know what happened
before the individual started recording, only one part of the story is shown. Having in
consideration that when the video started the officers were already arguing with Mr. Garner, this
makes one wonder what really happened. It is the word of a police officer and a man who one
week before was arrested for the same kind of problem of selling cigarettes in the street. In
addition, it was the recording of a civilian by a civilian, giving it some degree of credibility. Not
that much credibility to make conclusions and important decisions. Although what is clear
enough is how one of the officers does cause the death of Eric Garner.
The emotional appeal of this video is by far the strongest attribute this video contains. The
emotional appeal might be directed to the general public that might have at any point entrusted
their safety to peace officer. The emotion here is that another living human being, that never
displayed a lethal weapon, is being choked to death by an individual that swore to protect the
innocent. In addition, it might capture more emotions from the African American population that
exists in the United States of America because the officer that is chocking the African American
individual is white. Although it may subject to debate one might be able to say or argue that it
was an act of hate towards the fact that Eric Garner was an African American. The African
American population might be inclined to feel that although there has been progression since the
days of oppression, there is still a massive problem. Finally, the people who were actually related
to Eric Garner might be more emotionally enticed by the video seeing as how that is a person
that they knew personally.
The appeal to logos might be interpreted in different ways. One could say this person is was
killed by a police officer for resisting arrest and being a public nuisance, however he never used
force with the intention of killing the police officer. Furthermore, Eric Garner never displayed a
weapon that could potentially be used to take away the life of a man. In a second perspective, the
officer was in all his right to attack Eric Garner because he looked suspicious. Garner refused to
cooperate and as a result, a police officer had the individual resisting arrest in a submission hold
to calm him down and was murdered by the officer using too much force. The logic behind an
officer might be that if an individual looks suspicious, the officer must engage that person and
ask him or her to explain the situation of the suspicious behavior. If the individual refuses to
cooperate with the police officer, the officer will make an arrest and if the individual resists
arrest, the officer will use force if necessary.
In conclusion the RAW FOOTAGE Eric Garner KILLED After NYPD Cop Puts Him In
CHOKEHOLD video depicts the public execution of an African American man, Eric Garner by
a white police officer using an illegal chokehold that police officer are not allowed to do in new
York City. Ethos, Logos, and Pathos are all depicted in this video. We can see how ethos is

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integrated by a bystander that was witnessing the entire scene. As long as observing how pathos
is applicable to the general public and even more so to the African American community. Logos
is the actual logic that the police officer uses when confronting the victim making this an ideal
video to which these characteristics can be applied.

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References
CRUPE TV (December 3, 2014). RAW FOOTAGE Eric Garner KILLED After NYPD
Cop Puts
Him In CHOKEHOLD [Video File] \
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5S2qRcO8Qw