Eric Garner died in a chokehold to the hands of a NYPD officer, and his family has reached a $5.9 million settlement with New York City to solve a wrongful death claim. The lawsuit was first filed against New York City and the NYPD last year for $75 million dollars. 43-year-old Garner was choked for being accused of selling untaxed cigarettes. NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer stated:
“Following a judicious review of the claim and facts of this case, my office was able to reach a settlement with the estate of Eric Garner that is in the best interests of all parties.”
Rallies and protests sprung up all over the United States with the tagline “I Can’t Breathe” after a video went viral of Eric Garner yelling those words as he died. The medical examiners ruled the death as a homicide, although NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo got off scotch free for the murder.