New York man Eric Garner’s death has been ruled a homicide, according to CBS News.
A New York City Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Garner’s death a result of an NYPD officer’s chokehold, Newsday reports.
Medical Examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Garner died because of “compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police,” the Washington Post reports.
Garner’s asthma, obesity and heart disease brought on by high blood pressure were reportedly also contributing factors in his death.
The family of Garner was elated by the news.
“Thank God the truth is finally out,” Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner, told the NY Daily News. “Thank God for that.”
Garner repeatedly told officers he couldn’t breathe after he was restrained. He was confronted by police for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.
“I’m minding my business, why don’t you leave me alone,” Garner told officers.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran, was stripped of his badge and gun and placed on “modified assignment” for applying the chokehold.
A chokehold is a violation of NYPD police procedure.
The EMTs and paramedics who responded to Garner as he lay unresponsive on the ground from a police officer’s chokehold have been suspended without pay by Richmond University Medical Center, according to SILive.com
Footage surfaced showing EMT Nicole Palmeri failing to revive Garner. She checked his wrist and neck for a pulse.
“Sir, it’s EMS. Come on, we’re here to help,” she said as she tapped Garner on the shoulder.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio released a statement Friday calling Garner’s death a “tragedy.”
“My administration will continue to work with all involved authorities, including the Richmond County District Attorney, to ensure a fair and justified outcome.”
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