Eric Garner's Family Settles With NYC

Garner's family sought $75M and got $5.9M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2015 6:45 PM CDT
In this undated family photo provided by the National Action Network, on July 19, 2014, Eric Garner, right, poses with his children during a family outing.   (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network)
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(Newser) – New York City has reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody. The family filed a notice of claim in October, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million. Garner was stopped on July 17 outside a convenience store for selling loose cigarettes. A video 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. The officer claimed it was a legal takedown maneuver known as a "seatbelt." 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.

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