NEW YORK (S2N Media) — On Monday July 13th, the city of New York reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million dollars for their police department's role in the death of Garner. The settlement comes almost a year after the 43-year-old African-American died in in the custody of New York City Police officers.
Garner was stopped on July 17 outside a convenience store for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. A video shot by an onlooker shows Garner telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed. Garner is taken to the ground in what appears to be a chokehold, banned by police policy. Garner, who had asthma, is heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" 11 times before he loses consciousness. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.Officer Daniel Pantalo whom appled the chokehold, says it was a legal takedown maneuver.
The family filed a notice of claim in October, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.
The city medical examiner found that the police chokehold contributed to Garner's death. But a grand jury on Staten Island declined to indict the officer in the death. A federal probe is ongoing.