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Dec 6, 2018

Officer in Eric Garner Death Case to Face Disciplinary Trial

Officer in Eric Garner Death Case to Face Disciplinary Trial

An NYPD officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face a departmental disciplinary trial next May - nearly five years after the man's pleas of "I can't breathe" became a rallying...

Dec 18, 2014

Judge Recuses Self in Eric Garner Documents Hearing

Judge Recuses Self in Eric Garner Documents Hearing

The state Supreme Court judge who was set to preside over a hearing Friday to decide whether the documents from the Eric Garner grand jury proceedings could be released to the public has recused himself from the...

Dec 5, 2014

223 Arrested on 2nd Day of Garner Protests: NYPD

223 Arrested on 2nd Day of Garner Protests: NYPD

Police say 223 demonstrators were arrested Thursday night as protests of the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner stretched into a second night,...

Dec 4, 2014

Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Death Imminent: Sources

Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Death Imminent: Sources

A New York City grand jury is expected to vote Wednesday on whether there was any criminal wrongdoing in the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, the unarmed man who was killed while being arrested on...

Dec 3, 2014

NYC Grand Jury Nears Decision on Eric Garner Death

NYC Grand Jury Nears Decision on Eric Garner Death

Amid the fallout from a grand jury's decision in the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri, a panel in New York City is quietly nearing its own conclusion about another combustible case...

Dec 3, 2014

Cop Testifies in Grand Jury Hearing on Garner Death

Cop Testifies in Grand Jury Hearing on Garner Death

A grand jury heard testimony Friday from a police officer involved in the chokehold death of an unarmed man, a development signaling that it could be close to deciding whether he should face criminal charges in...

Oct 7, 2014

Eric Garner Family Files Notice for $75M Civil Suit

Eric Garner Family Files Notice for $75M Civil Suit

The family of Eric Garner has filed a notice of claim to sue the city and the NYPD for $75 million, alleging that "negligence, recklessness and carelessness" on the part of police resulted in his chokehold death...

Sep 29, 2014

Grand Jury Begins Hearing Eric Garner Case Evidence

Grand Jury Begins Hearing Eric Garner Case Evidence

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday to determine whether there will be criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed Staten Island man whose videotaped confrontation with police sparked outrage...

Aug 21, 2014

PBA Blasts Eric Garner Autopsy Report

PBA Blasts Eric Garner Autopsy Report

Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday defended a medical examiner's ruling that a man was killed by neck compressions caused by a police officer's chokehold, while the powerful police union representing rank-and-file...

Aug 21, 2014

Pregnant Mom Alleges NYPD Used Chokehold in BBQ Flap

Pregnant Mom Alleges NYPD Used Chokehold in BBQ Flap

An expectant mom enjoying a front stoop barbecue with her family alleges a cop placed her in a chokehold outside her Brooklyn home when she questioned why he asked her to move the party to the backyard.

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