STATEN ISLAND (PIX11)-- A grand jury will hear for the first time evidence in the police custody death of Eric Garner.
The 43-year-old father of six died after being put in an apparent choke hold by an officer during a July 17 confrontation on Staten Island. Officers were arresting him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.
The Medical Examiner determined Garner's death was a homicide caused by the choke hold and compression of his chest as officers pinned him the sidewalk.
Ever since, the NYPD and its use of choke holds -- banned for some two decades -- have been under fire.
Community protests for both sides -- Garner and the officers -- continued as recently as this past weekend.
All eyes will be on the grand jury's decision on whether to charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo for Garner's death. He has been on modified assignment since the incident.
Four EMS workers who responded and, video of the scene showed, did not perform CPR on Garner were suspended without pay.