NEW YORK– There is no official admission of guilt.
But city officials hope a $5.9 million settlement agreement with Eric Garner’s family signed Monday evening will hopefully accelerate the healing process.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer authorized the payout - under the jurisdiction of his office, which completely removes the city Law Department from the process and avoids a potentially lengthy, and costly lawsuit.
The settlement also comes just days before Friday’s deadline for the Garner family to file a previously announced $75 million lawsuit.
This comes just days away from the one year anniversary of Garner’s death - after NYPD officer Dan Pantaleo put him in a department barred chokehold.
Garner’s relatives, who spoke exclusively to PIX11’s Nicole Johnson before the settlement announcement - are hoping their pain, will be followed by progress.