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Family seeks federal probe of NYPD custody death

July 25, 2014 Associated Press
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Family members of a man who died in police custody have met with federal prosecutors in New York City to press for an investigation into the death.

The Rev. Al Sharpton joined Eric Garner’s relatives Friday for the closed-door meeting in Brooklyn with officials from the civil rights division of the U.S. attorney’s office.

An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week while arresting him on Staten Island. Garner can be heard gasping, “I can’t breathe!”

One officer has been stripped of his gun and badge pending an internal investigation into the death. Another has been placed on desk duty.

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Sharpton alleges Garner’s civil rights were violated and that led to his death.

Garner’s wife, mother and daughter, Erica, attended the meeting.

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