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Spike Lee speaks on stage on July 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. / Richard Shotwell, Invision/AP

Spike Lee is drawing parallels between fictional character Radio Raheem's death in Do the Right Thing with last week's footage of Staten Island resident Eric Garner as he was put in an alleged chokehold by a New York police officer.

Lee posted a video to YouTube Monday with footage from the movie interspersed with footage of Garner's arrest.

Garner died shortly after his arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

In Lee's 1989 movie, Raheem dies after a police officer puts him in a chokehold with a baton.

The New York Police Department explicitly bans the use of chokeholds. Generally, police departments regard the maneuver as a form of "lethal force," said Michael Huth, director of training at the National Law Enforcement Training Center.

Lee also posted an image on his Instagram account, stating, "Brother Eric Garner No Longer Breathes Courtesy Of Banned NYPD Chokehold. Rest In Power."

Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put his arm around Garner's neck, was stripped of his gun and badge and put on desk duty.

Investigations by New York's district attorney and NYPD's internal affairs is determining if the police officer did in fact use a chokehold. The medical examiner has not yet determined Garner's cause of death.

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