Mayor de Blasio Vows To Investigate Death Of Staten Island Dad Put In Chokehold: ‘All Sides Need To Be Heard’

Last week, we told you about the tragic passing of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died after being placed in an apparent chokehold by New York City police officers. In our previous report, we told you that the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau told Eric’s widow that they would be looking into the circumstances surrounding his death. As you may recall, once placed into the chokehold and taken down to the ground by multiple officers, a 400-pound Eric began yelling that he couldn’t breathe.

Now, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is vowing to investigate the case too, but he’s also promising not to pass judgement on the officers involved until a full investigation is performed.

“As an individual who’s no expert in law enforcement, it looked like a chokehold to me,” de Blasio was quoted as saying by the Daily News while in vacation in Rome.

Interestingly, the chokehold has been prohibited by the New York City Police Department for years.

“It is quite clear that the chokehold has been prohibited for decades (by the NYPD),” he continued.

He wouldn’t comment on whether or not he believes the officers involved in the incident should lose their jobs, but he did have this to say:

“I… emphasize that you need a full investigation, because all sides need to be heard and all evidence looked at,” he said.

“There’s an internal process and I respect that process… I have absolute faith in his (NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s) judgment.”

On Friday, de Blasio also released a statement regarding the death of the father of six.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Garner, who died yesterday afternoon while being placed in police custody.

We have a responsibility to keep every New Yorker safe, and that includes when individuals are in custody of the NYPD. That is a responsibility that Police Commissioner Bratton and I take very seriously. We are harnessing all resources available to the City to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the circumstances of this tragic incident. The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is working closely with the Office of the Richmond County District Attorney, which is leading this investigation.”

We’re hoping justice prevails in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

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