The Latest: De Blasio: Garner's death could bring change
The Associated Press
Jul. 15, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the settlement between New York City and the family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer's chokehold (all times local):
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says the death of an unarmed black man who died after being put in a white police officer's chokehold wasn't in vain and could be an agent of change in the relationship between police and the communities they patrol.
De Blasio spoke Tuesday at a church prayer service on Staten Island in honor of Eric Garner. He says Garner's death mattered to his family and his community and "came to matter to his city and his nation."
The city reached a $5.9 million settlement with Garner's family on Monday over his death.
De Blasio spoke at the church the night of the grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in Garner's death.
Police Commissioner William Bratton isn't commenting on New York City's $5.9 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black man killed after a white police officer put him in a chokehold.
Bratton was asked about Eric Garner's case Tuesday. The settlement was announced Monday, nearly a year after Garner's death on Staten Island.
The city did not admit any liability in the settlement.
Garner was stopped on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes.
A video showed Garner being taken to the ground, saying he couldn't breathe, with an officer's arm around his neck after refusing to be handcuffed. Medical examiners found a police chokehold contributed to Garner's death.
Police policy bans chokeholds. But the officer says he instead was using a permissible takedown maneuver.
The relatives of an unarmed black man who was killed after being put in a white police officer's chokehold say they don't see a $5.9 million settlement with New York City as a victory.
Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said Tuesday that "the victory will come when we get justice."
The family is pressing for federal civil rights charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo after a state grand jury declined to indict him. Federal authorities are investigating.
One of Garner's children, Emerald Snipes, says, "Justice is when somebody is held accountable for what they do."
The settlement was announced Monday, almost a year after the 43-year-old Garner's death.
Garner was heard gasping "I can't breathe!" 11 times on a bystander's video of the encounter.
The Rev. Al Sharpton says New York City's $5.9 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black man killed after being put in a white police officer's chokehold recognizes the relatives' loss, but he says "money is not justice."
Sharpton spoke Tuesday, a day after the settlement with Eric Garner's family was announced. It comes almost a year after the 43-year-old's death. A grand jury later declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
Sharpton says the financial settlement "does not deal with the criminal and other wrongs done to this family and other families."
Garner's death and police killings of other unarmed black men fueled widespread protests. Sharpton says Garner's videotaped gasps of "I can't breathe!" helped spur a national movement that won't end "until we change how policing goes."