Why Eric Garner's Widow Was Right to Reject a $5 Million Settlement

One year ago this week, on July 17th, 2014, Eric Garner died at the hands of an NYPD cop. His killing was so cruel it was impossible to ignore – a 43-year-old father and grandfather, choked to death on camera as he pleaded for his life, all for the alleged crime of selling loose cigarettes. The case became a flashpoint for protests across the nation when a grand jury declined even to indict the officer who wrung the life from Garner's neck. A year later, it's once again making headlines after Garner's widow reportedly turned down a $5 million wrongful death settlement offered by the city. At first glance, it seems a strange thing to do. But in an op-ed piece in Rolling Stone Magazine, Simon Vozick-Levinson writes that New York City is devaluing Garner's life with its insultingly low proposition--that is meant to make his case go away.



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