Eric Garner was killed by a New York Police Department officer in July, 2014, over the crime of selling loose cigarettes outside a convenience mart in Staten Island.
According to Vera Haller and Matt Pearce of the Los Angeles Times, Garner’s family plans to continue protests over his death. On Monday (July 13), the decision was made to pay the family a sum of $5.9 million, though the family originally sued for $75 million.
City Hall officials said that de Blasio would mark the anniversary of Garner’s death in some fashion but did not supply specifics. The medical examiner later ascertained Garner died from cardiac arrest and the chokehold was instrumental in his passing. Moore said there were “four or five” officers who helped restrain Garner and that they too should be punished. In a moment of pain and anger for the city, the mayor delivered calm and comfort – but also set off controversy by describing how he’d felt compelled to “train” his son, Dante, to be careful when encountering police officers. The NYPD had completed its own investigation, but will not release the results pending the announcement by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York on whether federal civil rights charges will be brought against Pantaleo in the Garner case.
Garner’s death sparked demonstrations and became a flashpoint in a national debate about relations between police and minority communities.
Noting the settlement, Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, said: “Don’t congratulate us”.
Attendees also included New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who beforehand had been scheduled to visit the nearby NYPD 120th Precinct, home to the officers involved in the incident.
“The argument is about justice, and how you put value on the lives of the family members that have to now survive without Eric alive, his wife, his children”, Sharpton said.
The Garner settlement ranks fifth among the seven most costly settlements in civil rights claims Stringer’s office has resolved ahead of trial since he took office in January 2014.
Jewel Miller, Garner’s companion, and mother of his youngest daughter, told The New York Times, “It’s a buyout without justice”, she said. The city admitted no liability. With officers holding him down, Garner pleaded with them, saying repeatedly: “I can’t breathe“.
HARLEM – The family of Eric Garner said Tuesday that their .9 million settlement with the city over the Staten Island man’s death after he was placed in a chokehold by police does not equal justice and that they want the officers responsible held accountable.
De Blasio spoke in similar terms, referring to hopes for “peace and finality” for Garner’s family.
A inhouse in December fell to prosecute the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, that placed Garner, 43, inside of the chokehold, a contrive restricted from the New York City Police Department.
Garner’s relatives also reached a settlement with Richmond University Medical Center for a confidential amount, Moore said. It comes nearly a year after the 43-year-old’s death.