New York City to pay Eric Garner’s family $5.9M

New York City to pay $5.9M to family of Eric Garner in choking police death

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

New York City declared, on Monday, the decision to pay $5.9 million to the family of Eric Garner, the black man who was killed in June, 2014 as he was placed in  chokehold while being arrested by police in a violent manner for reportedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

Garner’s family had initially filed for $75 million in October of last year, but was granted only close to $6 million by New York City.

The settlement with Garner's family is expected to resolve the claim over his death, and is "in the best interest of all parties," according to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Garner had asthma, and repeated several times that he was unable to breathe, as he was forced to the ground after a confrontational quarrel with police officers.

Unarmed Eric Garner’s death at the hands of white police officer Daniel Pantaleo, and the jury’s refusal to charge the officers involved, along with the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson had sparked waves of nationwide protests as a response of outrage to treatment of black people by US police.

Eric Garner’s last words “I can’t breathe” became the slogan of protests throughout the US.

The chokehold position, that the officer had placed Garner in, is a banned maneuver by New York City police.

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will appoint a special prosecutor to handle cases in which civilians are killed by police, especially in confrontational arrest attempts.

TRTWorld and agencies