For Better or Worse, the Words That Defined 2014

By Carl M. Cannon - December 28, 2014

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“I can’t breathe!” cried Eric Garner in an increasingly panicked voice as he was swarmed, choked, and handcuffed by a gaggle of New York police officers. In a scene recorded by an amateur videographer, Garner repeats the phrase eight times before losing consciousness. They were the last words he ever spoke. Upon hearing them, Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations,...

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