New York City

Eric Garner’s family plans to sue NYC for $75 million over NYPD chokehold death

October 7, 2014 Associated Press
Eric Garner's body lies in a casket during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn on July 23. Garner's family is suing NYC for $75 million.

The family of a man who died after being placed in a police chokehold has filed a notice of claim to sue New York City, the Police Department and six individual police officers for $75 million.

Eric Garner’s family filed the notice on Monday. It’s the first step toward suing the city over the 43-year-old Garner’s death on Staten Island in July.

A spokesman for City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Tuesday that the claim is under review.

Representatives of the Police Department and the city Law Department did not immediately return emails seeking comment.

The city medical examiner found that a banned chokehold used by Officer Daniel Pantaleo contributed to Garner’s death.

A grand jury will determine whether criminal charges are filed.

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