(Daily Beast) -- The 6-foot-3, 350-pound gentle giant called Big E lay in a dove white suit in a dove white coffin, as was fitting for a peacemaker in a world of abuse and strife.
Eric Garner was never known to raise his hand to his wife or his six children. He was always known to break up a fight at one of the nightclubs where he worked security and on the streets of his adopted borough of Staten Island.
The 43-year-old had just broken up a fight by a pocket park near the Staten Island ferry on July 17 when two plainclothes cops approached him. They had apparently responded to a report of a dispute, but it was over by the time they got there.
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With no real crime in evidence, they decided to arrest Garner for selling “loosies,” single cigarettes, most likely out of an untaxed pack. Loosies are generally bought by cigarette addicts who have trouble affording a whole pack at the taxed rate.