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BREAKING: Medical examiner rules Staten Island NYPD choking death a homicide

August 1, 2014 By Jake Pearson Associated Press
Pallbearers carry the casket of Eric Garner, who was choked to death by the NYPD, according to a medical examiner's report
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The medical examiner has ruled that the chokehold of a police officer on a New York City man last month caused his death.

Medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Friday that Eric Garner’s July 17 death has been ruled a homicide.

Bolcer says his death was caused by “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.” She says asthma and heart disease were contributing factors.

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Garner’s videotaped confrontation with police has caused widespread outcry, and Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department is “closely monitoring” the investigation into his death.T

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