A New York medical examiner has concluded what many suspected after watching video of Eric Garner’s fatal police encounter: The Staten Island man died as the result of an illegal police chokehold. NBC’s New York affiliate has the story:

The city medical examiner has ruled the death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old father whose death in police custody sparked national outrage, a homicide, saying a chokehold killed him.

The medical examiner said compression of the neck and chest, along with his positioning on the ground while being restrained by police, caused his death.

Garner’s acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease were contributing factors, the medical examiner determined.

Garner’s family members, along with the Rev. Al Sharpton, met with federal prosecutors last month to press for an investigation into his death. Sharpton said police violated his civil rights while arresting him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, and that led to his death. Read more.

 

One thought on “Medical Examiner Rules Eric Garner’s Death A Homicide

  1. Bruce King on said:

    They Applied a choke to an unarmed man – to the point he lost consciousness – and held that choke until he stopped breathing. Then – knowing he went limp and was unconscious did not check for breathing or a pulse or didn’t see his chest wasn’t moving. I’ve messed up a rear naked choke myself. You turn the guy on his side and make sure he’s ok. They killed him – like a hit man would. And did not resuscitate him. This is way bigger than the use of choke holds. These guys knew exactly what would happen if they held that choke – and if they did not revive him. I hope the FBI gets involved.

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