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Eric Garner Family Receives $5.9 Million Settlement with New York City Over Garner's Police Chokehold Death

Settlement comes about one year after Eric Garner was chocked and suffocated to death by New York City police as he yelled "I can't breath" eleven times.



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New York City to pay $5.9 million to family of Eric Garner


By Reuters
New York City has reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner, who was killed after being put in a chokehold by police last July, agreeing to pay $5.9 million to resolve the claim over his death, city officials said on Monday.

Eric Garner's death, along with the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last August by a white police officer, sparked protests around the country by people outraged over police treatment of African-Americans.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said on Monday the settlement with Garner's family was "in the best interest of all parties," adding that the city did not admit liability.

"I believe that we have reached an agreement that acknowledges the tragic nature of Mr. Garner's death while balancing my office's fiscal responsibility to the City," Stringer said in a statement.

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