Death of NYC man in police custody was ruled a homicide

New York Democrats Call for Department of Justice Probe Into Eric Garner's Death

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Members of New York's congressional delegation are asking the Justice Department to formally investigate the police custody death of Eric Garner and the law enforcement strategy known as "broken windows."

The six Democrats say black and Latino communities are disproportionately affected by the tactic of going after smaller crimes to help stop bigger ones.

An autopsy showed Garner died of neck compression from a chokehold used when he was being taken into custody for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

A letter sent Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder is signed by Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Gregory Meeks, Charles Rangel, Jose Serrano and Nydia Velazquez.

Bratton on Next Steps for NYPD

[NY] Bratton on Next Steps for NYPD After Garner Death
In an extensive one-on-one interview with Jonathan Dienst, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton explains where the investigation into Eric Garner's death stands and what's next for the department. Bratton says a grand jury will likely decide whether to charge the officer involved in the apparent chokehold death, and that there will be a retraining of every officer. But he says the NYPD is not backing off on its push against quality of life violations. (Published Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014)

Garner's death has been the biggest test of Mayor de Blasio's first year in office.

He has vowed to support the department but also pledged to help communities of color who feel mistreated by police. 

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