NYPD Chokehold Death Ruled a Homicide

    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: The casket carrying Eric Garner is brought out after his funeral outside the Bethel Baptist Church on July 23, 2014 in New York City. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a recent news conference that there will be a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Garner.  The 400-pound, 6-foot-4 asthmatic, Garner (43) died after police put him in a chokehold outside of a convenience store for illegally selling cigarettes on July 17th. Garner's death has set off a wave of protests in the city and is being viewed as a test for de Blasio and his more liberal approach to policing New York's streets. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Spencer Platt

    A medical examiner has made a ruling of homicide in the death of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died in a chokehold by a New York Police Department officer. Compression of the neck and chest and Garner’s position on the ground when being restrained by police caused the 43-year-old father’s death, with contributing factors including his acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Garner died July 17 after being arrested for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video of the incident captured Garner gasping “I can’t breathe!” multiple times during the altercation. Chokeholds are banned under NYPD policy.

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