NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Tuesday that NYPD training procedures will undergo a full review after the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner in police custody on Staten Island.
"The department really needs to do a lot more in the area of training," Bratton said. Bratton vowed for a "top to bottom" review of all the training NYPD officers undergo, specifically the use of force.
"I anticipate there will be a retraining of every member of the New York City Police Department in the weeks, months and potential years ahead."
Additionally, Bratton said the Staten Island DA has launched a criminal investigation into Garner's death and a federal civil rights violation investigation is possible.
Shortly after Commissioner Bratton's announcement, city leaders joined Garner's family at a vigil and rally on Staten Island.
"They do have a partner in us as a City Council to make sure were asking those tough questions and to see the changes we need implanted by the NYPD until justice is served in this case," said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
After the rally, the group marched to the 120th police precinct.
Garner was under arrest for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes or "loosies" when Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in an apparent choke hold last Thursday. During the arrest, which was all caught on cellphone video, Garner complains of not being able to breathe before he loses consciousness.
He later died at Richmond University Medical Center.
Since the incident, Pantaleo and another officer on the scene have been placed on modified assignment. Four EMS workers who were also on the scene have been suspended without pay.