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AG Schneiderman launches investigation into stun gun death of Bronx man

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PELHAM BAY, The Bronx — The sisters of a man who died in police custody in the Bronx will meet with representatives of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week.

Ariel Galarza, 49, died Wednesday after an NYPD officer used a Taser on him twice, causing him to go into cardiac arrest.

Schneiderman’s office announced Monday they will launch an investigation into Galarza's death.

“My brother was never violent,” his sister Mildred Galarza said.

According to the NYPD, Galarza threatened officers with a glass bottle before a sergeant discharged his Taser.

Galarza was later pronounced dead at Einstein Hospital. The exact cause of his death is still pending further investigation by the Medical Examiner’s office.

Sanford Rubenstein, a Galarza family attorney told PIX11, “the next step is for the Attorney General to convene a grand jury made up of people from the Bronx to make a determination with regard to the issue of criminality. Did this police sergeant commit a criminal act when he tasered this disabled man a second time?”