New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising a full investigation to take place regarding the death of a man who appeared to have been put in a choke hold when police officers tried to arrest him.
Part of Eric Garner’s attempted arrest with police was captured on amateur video. Police say the 43-year-old father of six went into cardiac arrest while he was being arrested on Staten Island outside a Tompkinsville beauty parlor Thursday afternoon on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes per Seattlepi.
“My office is working along with the NYPD to do a complete and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Garner’s death,” said District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan Jr. in a Friday statement.
Video released by the New York Daily News shows an officer placing Garner in what appears to be a choke hold and several other officers pinning him against the sidewalk while struggling to put him in handcuffs.
Garner can be heard saying that he can’t breathe before he lost consciousness. “I did nothing,” he said loudly. “I was sitting here the whole time, minding my business.” Garner also says on the video that he was breaking up a fight before cops arrived and insisted that he was wrongly accused.
Garner, was pronounced dead at Richmond University Medical Center. According to police, an investigation is ongoing and the medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.
His family is outraged that cops provided them with no details until they arrived at the hospital to identify the body according to NY Daily News.
On Thursday night, a group of people placed candles along the sidewalk where Garner was arrested. A sign was also mounted in the spot accusing police of “brutality” in connection with his death, as reported by CBS New York.
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