Crime & Justice

New York reaches $5.9 million settlement with family of Eric Garner

A flyer with a picture of Eric Garner is seen near where he was killed in an encounter with an NYPD officer in July on Aug. 22, 2014 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City.
A flyer with a picture of Eric Garner is seen near where he was killed in an encounter with an NYPD officer in July on Aug. 22, 2014 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City.
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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.