The death of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who was placed in an illegal chokehold by a police officer, has been ruled a homicide.
According to the New York Daily News, the New York City Medical Examiner said today that Garner died from compression of the neck and chest while being restrained by officers. The autopsy also found that Garner’s asthma, obesity and high blood pressure were factors that contributed to his death.
Garner’s widow, Esaw, says that she was relieved to hear the Medical Examiner’s findings.
“Thank God the truth is finally out. Thank God for that.”
“The Staten Island District Attorney’s office have been in touch with the examiner and released this statement in response to the recent news:
“We await the issuance of the official death certificate and the autopsy report. The investigation into Mr. Garner’s death continues.”
Garner, 43, died on July 17 when he was restrained for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. The whole encounter was caught on camera and Garner can be heard saying over and over again, “I can’t breathe.”
The officer who put Garner in the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo, has since been reassigned.
Since Garner’s death, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton ordered that the NYPD’s 35,000 officers be retrained in how to properly apprehend suspects.
Do you think Garner’s death being ruled a homicide will result in a conviction for Pantaleo?