NYC Reaches $5.9 Million Settlement in Eric Garner Case

New York City reached a settlement Monday with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million. The agreement comes 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, untaxed cigarettes. A video shot by an onlooker 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 and later found to have contributed to Garner's death. But a grand jury on Staten Island declined to indict the officer in the death. A federal probe is ongoing.



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