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NYC Settles With Family Of Eric Garner For $5.9 Million

The family of Eric Garner has reached a settlement with New York City over Garner's death in police custody last June, the family's attorney confirms to NPR.

Attorney Jonathan Moore says the city has agreed to pay $5.9 million.

Garner died last July in Staten Island, N.Y., after being placed in a chokehold by an officer police as Garner was being arrested for selling loose cigarettes. Cellphone video captured officers wrestling Garner, 43, to the ground. The New York Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.


In December, a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who applied the chokehold. The Justice Department opened its own inquiry.

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