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NYPD Chokehold Death Ruled a Homicide
Not clear yet whether officers will face charges in Eric Garner's death
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 2, 2014 1:00 PM CDT
In this undated family file photo, Eric Garner, right, poses with his children during a family outing.    (Uncredited)

(Newser) – The mother of a man who was placed in a chokehold while in police custody said today that her first words on hearing his death had been ruled a homicide were, "Thank you, Jesus." Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said she was grateful for the medical examiner's report saying Garner's death was caused by a banned police maneuver. Carr and other family members spoke to supporters at the Harlem headquarters of the Rev. Al Sharpton, who said prosecutors should make an arrest in Garner's death.

The gathering at Sharpton's headquarters came the day after the medical examiner's office ruled that Garner was killed by neck compressions from the chokehold and "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police." Asthma, heart disease, and obesity were contributing factors in the death of the 43-year-old Garner, a 6-foot-3, 350-pound father of six, the medical examiner said. A spokesman for Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said prosecutors were still investigating the death and awaiting a full autopsy report and death certificate from the medical examiner. Donovan will have to determine whether to empanel a grand jury and file charges.

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Chris Farley
Aug 4, 2014 6:45 AM CDT
Sad. You want to piss of the police and maybe get killed. Lets see. Sell a cigarette without paying tax, Camp in a no camping area, pull the wallet to fast, say no, ask why, be a race, have a speach impariment, be handicaped. Feel free to add.
Lou Bernardo
Aug 3, 2014 11:09 AM CDT
The criminal's death has a good side. It gives the racmonger Al Sharpton a chance to get his fat ass in the headlines again to scream racism. Someone should put a chokehold on him.
homer1057
Aug 3, 2014 7:48 AM CDT
"I DO NOT" know the whole deal about what happened and can't make a judgement call on that (Judge not lest ye be judged...) but I saw the video the news wanted people to see and from what i saw, the man did put up his hands and it "APPEARED" that he did not resist. I do have to say that as i look at the shows of old and remember what police officers use to be...I'd say that cops today are way to militant! The police used to be your friend, but now, they are not! they are just another form of the govt coming down on people to get us to conform to what the GOVT wants! Oh, and by the way: Al Sharpton, stay the heck out of this fight! This is NOT about RACE you idiot! Shut your mouth and remember IF you were the man you want people to think you are, then as a SO-Called REV (LOL) then you'd tell all those people about Jesus Christ and Him crucified! But, you don't open your mouth, you fraud! You always make this a race problem, when it is a problem of people NOT KNOWING Jesus Christ! Psalms 111:9b ..says Holy and Reverand is "HIS Name...you are no more reverand than Mickey mouse, so why don't you preach Jesus Christ instead of race! You fraud!