Police chokehold ruled a homicide in Eric Garner's death

Police chokehold ruled a homicide in Eric Garner's death

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The New York City Medical Examiner's office determined that the police chokehold is what caused Eric Garner's death last month, ruling it a homicide.

Reverend Al Sharpton, along with Garner's wife Esaw and mother, discussed what it’s been like for them.

“I've just been a mess since all this happened, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep. Wake up screaming” Garner’s wife said. “I want to thank the god above for giving us justice for my husband, so we can move forward and get this cop done with.”

Esaw Garner says she wants NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo held accountable.

The Reverend Al Sharpton echoed the sentiment “All we are interested in is justice” Sharpton said.

The Reverend says the video speaks for itself. It shows NYPD officer Pantaleo dragging the 43-year-old Staten Island man to the ground for resisting arrest after getting caught selling illegal cigarettes.

Witnesses say garner told police he could not breathe at least 14 times.

The head of the National Action Network says he wants quick action from prosecutors.

“The DA needs to say I’m either going to move forward and arrest, or I'm going to defer to the Federal government, but you cannot have the facts and not address the facts” he said.

The PBA has only responded with their own statement saying in part:

“If he had not resisted the lawful order of the police officers placing him under arrest, this tragedy would not have occurred.”

Not far from the spot where Eric Garner was killed, Rev Al Sharpton says he's now organizing a march across the Verrazano Bridge. It will take place August 23rd on the 25th anniversary of the murder of Yusuf Hawkins in Bensonhurst.


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