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Greek-American Killed By New York Police As Neighbour Clapped - Greek City Times

Greek-American killed by New York police as neighbour clapped

A 29-year-old Greek-American was killed by police in New York’s borough of Queens, after a neighbour misreported that he was carrying a gun inside his own home.

George Zapantis, who suffered from bipolar, was in his basement dressed as a gladiator and was carrying a samurai sword when police arrived at his house on 150th St just before 9:30pm.

When police entered the house, they ordered Zapantis to drop the sword, but when he refused to, they tasered him. As they attempted to handcuff him outside of the house, police tasered him again.

It is suspected he died of cardiac arrest in an ambulance and was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian Queens hospital.

Upstairs neighbours Ricky Noble, 42, and his 16-year-old daughter Shakira, described Zapantis as a church-going man who took care of his 33-year-old sister with down syndrome.

The two witnesses said Zapantis was threatening no one with the sword when the neighbour called the police on him, with things escalating quickly once cops arrived. The video indicates the suspect was unarmed when finally arrested.

“There were moments where George did say that he couldn’t breath to (police), when they were pulling on his shirt,” said Shakira. “And the officers said ‘Don’t play that card, no one’s choking you.‘”

Athanasia Zapantis said the family was waiting for the results of an independent autopsy on her son’s cause of death, and expressed her frustration that police didn’t call in a social worker to defuse the situation.

“If my son was wrong…” she said. “I don’t think he was wrong at all. He had so good a heart. He was kind to everybody.”

A video taken by a neighbour show cops tasering Zapantis as they struggled with him outside the door to his apartment, with one officer shouting “Get down! You’re going to get tasered again if you don’t get down!”

A second cop is heard saying “Hit him again!” before Zapantis was tasered once more.

Ricky Noble, a neighbour of Zapantis, blamed another neighbour entirely for the incident and described the deceased as a good person who often brought them Greek food, caused no trouble and looked after his down syndrome sister.

“My wife loved it,” said Noble when reflecting on the Greek food Zapantis would bring him and his wife. “He’s good. He’s a good human being. He was a good person.”

“I told the officers he’s got mental health (issues), he takes medicine,” recalled Ricky Noble. “I was yelling at the officers that he was (mentally ill), and they were still tasing him. Just handcuff him and walk him out.”

Athansia Zapantis said she will move out of the neighbourhood knowing that one of her neighbours is responsible for causing an incident that led to her sons death. The neighbour was seen clapping as George was being tasered and handcuffed.

“If I see him, I’m going to spit in his face,” said Athanasia.

“He was supposed to go to work tomorrow,” she said. “I have to call them and tell them, you know, he’s not going back.”

“I’m crying because I was not here for my son in his last moments, and he died in such a horrible way,” his mother added. “He was my left hand, my son. He was everything… He died for no reason.”

The NYPD’s Force Investigation Division has launched a probe but said based on a preliminary investigation, the use of force appears to be within department guidelines, according to Daily News.
“There were moments where George did say that he couldn’t breath to (police), when they were pulling on his shirt,” said Shakira. “And the officers said ‘Don’t play that card, no one’s choking you.‘”

Fuck them cops and that neighbor. Guy is playing in his own basement with a sword which is legal as fuck and now he's dead. Fuck em.
 

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Do cops not realize that you don't actually have to be directly choking someone for the stress their completely unnecessary violence inflicts upon them to cause respiratory issues? This is particularly important for rather large people like George Floyd and George Zapantis (only one of these Georges will get much media attention or wokesphere mentions, sadly) who would likely have preexisting issues which could put them at risk of a heart attack.
 

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Greek-American Killed By New York Police As Neighbour Clapped - Greek City Times



“There were moments where George did say that he couldn’t breath to (police), when they were pulling on his shirt,” said Shakira. “And the officers said ‘Don’t play that card, no one’s choking you.‘”

Fuck them cops and that neighbor. Guy is playing in his own basement with a sword which is legal as fuck and now he's dead. Fuck em.
Like I said before, people are now just using cops to eliminate anyone that looks "suspicious".
 

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Philadelphia’s top cop, as well as its mayor, delivered an embarrassing about-face Thursday, admitting that the use of tear gas on protesters trapped on a highway embankment was not preceded by violence on the part of the marchers.

The police are the biggest roadblock to police accountability. They’re not protecting the community, they’re just trying to protect themselves. The police want to protect their power and legitimacy. They want to protect their ability to act with impunity.
 

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A very good conversation about police brutality and racism in the US. While not as stimulating as the selective short clips and tweets which fail to present a complete picture of anything, I hope serious thinkers with above average attention spans and genuine intentions will find the time to engage with it! :)

 

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We’ve hit these points a few times in this thread.




One of the longest lasting projects in American history has been rooted in indoctrinating Black folks to see the necessities in finding kindness and redemption in those who oppress us. This work also is done to relieve the oppressors of acknowledging their role in this oppression.
 

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That Frederick guy made a great point. None of these politicians are doing anything to help. A lot of them are silent or putting out a tweet or two. But none of them are putting pen to documents that will set people free of tyranny.
 

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That Frederick guy made a great point. None of these politicians are doing anything to help. A lot of them are silent or putting out a tweet or two. But none of them are putting pen to documents that will set people free of tyranny.
Well, I mean, BLM is basically like asking the white supremacist state to free its slave labor ... Don't think it's gonna happen. These politicians are all basically representatives of KKKorporate AmeriKKKa.

The prison industrial complex as well as the military industrial complex (through making sure young men are regularly slaughtered so they can't organize) are the two primary things that keeps the American working class from being able to steer the country towards higher pay and better conditions as some of the biggest companies that hire the most workers have prison labor at the ready to ensure that no workers can go on strike ... Prison slaves are part of the system of white supremacy (which is what KKKapitalism really is) that governs america.

The entire american economy is still pretty much entirely dependent on brown slaves. They will never give black people their freedom for that reason.
 
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