New York City is reaching a settlement with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million.
The 43-year-old died on July 17, 2014 in hospital from injuries sustained by police officers. A cellphone video went viral after the incident, which showed the officer placing Garner in a chokehold during an arrest as other officers wrestled him to the ground. The officer claimed he was using a legal take down maneuver.
Garner suffered from asthma and was heard yelling “I can’t breathe” 11 times before losing consciousness. His death was later ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.
His death sparked outrage and many demonstrations were held as part of a debate across the United States.
Garner’s family filed a notice of claim in October, asking for $75 million.
In the settlement, the city did not admit to any liability.
A press conference will be held on Tuesday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and the family, according to the family’s lawyer Jonathan Moore,
A federal probe into Garner’s death is currently ongoing.