The death of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in an illegal chokehold by a NYPD officer, has been ruled a homicide.
According to the New York Daily News, a spokesman from the New York City Medical Examiner said on Friday, August 1 that Garner died from “compression of the neck” as well as of his chest while he was being held down by authorities. The ME’s autopsy also pointed out that Garner’s death was also partially attributed to his weight, asthma and high blood pressure.
Garner died on July 17, after being stopped by officers in Staten Island for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes. However, witnesses say he was only tying to break up a fight. Footage which captured a portion of the incident which basically showed Garner dying in police custody, went viral.
The question now is will the late Eric Garner, and his family, receive justice? At the moment, no one from the NYPD has actually been charged for his death.
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