RUSH: We have a guy who died over a tax collection issue, but nobody will say that out loud... Did you see the number of cops that descended on this guy? Five or six cops on a guy selling loosies? On a guy selling cigarettes? What kind of orders must these cops be under?... New York state imposes a tax of $4.35 a pack. That's the highest of any state. That's on top of the local New York City tax of a buck sixty, which is also the highest of any city. The mayor, de Blasio, had just ordered the police to crack down on illegal cigarettes a few weeks before the Garner incident.