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NYC Settles Case with Eric Garner’s Family for $5.9 Million

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Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr

The family of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died last year when an NYPD officer held him on the ground in an apparent chokehold during his arrest, accepted a $5.9 million pre-trial settlement from New York City, June 13.

Garner’s estate filed a claim against the city for damages related to his death in October 2014.

“Following a judicious review of the claim, and facts of this case, my office was able to reach a settlement with the estate of Eric Garner that is in the best interests of all parties,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer stated.

No officer involved in Garner’s arrest had been indicted for his death, an event which sparked several protests and marches across the nation against police brutality.

In addition, Stringer stated, although the city “acknowledges the tragic nature of Mr. Garner’s death,” the settlement was also not an admission of guilt, or liability on the city’s behalf.

Garner’s family continued to call for a federal indictment of police officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who restrained Garner during his arrest, at a press conference Tuesday.

“Don’t congratulate us,” Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr stated. “This is not a victory. The victory will come when we get justice.”

Garner’s family has reportedly also reached an undisclosed settlement with Richmond University Medical Center, which sent medical responders to the scene.

The announcement of the family’s settlement with the city comes following a report that Garner’s family rejected an earlier offer of $5 million.