VIDEO-Police chokehold arrest ruled as homicide
It was announced yesterday that a man whose death during an arrest was the victim of a "homicide" by choke hold.
Eric Garner, a 43 year old from Staten Island, was arrested on July 17th on suspicion of selling "loosies" - single cigarette - reports the New York Post.
During his arrest, it was reported that Mr. Garner, a of six, was held in a chokehold Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
A video of his arrest has emerged online where Mr. Garner can be heard saying "I can't breath".
The Medical Examiner's Office ruled yesterday that Mr. Garner died of a “compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”
However, the report also states that Mr. Garner's poor health were contributing factors in this death. Mr. Garner suffered from "acute and chronic bronchial asthma; obesity; hypertensive cardiovascular disease".
The President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Mr. Pat Lynch offered condolences to Garners family but also suggested Garner’s poor health and decision to resist arrest were to blame for his death.
“We believe, however, that if he had not resisted the lawful order of the police officers placing him under arrest, this tragedy would not have occurred.
Garner's widow was relieved that the coroner confirmed her suspicions surrounding her husband's death.
Esaw Garner told the New York Daily News “Thank God the truth is finally out, Thank God for that.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the NYPD will cooperate with any investigation into his death.