STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) -- Taisha Allen shot one of the cell phone videos that captured pictures of the apparent chokehold allegedly used by police officer Daniel Pantaleo.
Allen said she felt relieved when the New York City Medical Examiner ruled that Eric Garner died from compression to the neck and chest while being physically restrained by police officers.
While Allen says she understands that Garner's asthma, obesity and high blood pressure were contributing factors in his death, according to the ME, it was that apparent chokehold that so concerned her when she took the cellphone.
"They treated him like an animal," Allen told PIX11.
No one answered the door at the Garner home on Bond Street but neighbors talked about a kind friendly man who many looked up to and they felt some sense of justice once they heard the ME's cause of death.
"Sometimes police officers act like they are superman," Quinn Rodriguez, a neighbor of Garner, said.
Rodriguez is the son and stepson of NYPD police officers so he says he usually understands the police position but not this time, a time he says when serious police retraining is needed.