Eric Garner’s chokehold death ruled a homicide: medical examiner

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NEW YORK (PIX11/AP) – The New York City medical examiner has ruled that the chokehold of a police officer on a New York City man last month caused his death.

Medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Friday that Eric Garner’s July 17 death has been ruled a homicide.

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Bolcer says his death was caused by “Compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.” She says asthma and heart disease were contributing factors.

Garner’s videotaped confrontation with police has caused widespread outcry, and Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department is “closely monitoring” the investigation into his death.

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A police report obtained by PIX11 about Eric Garner’s deadly arrest outlines something very different from what videos show.

The police report compiled by a commanding officer in the investigation unit on Staten Island describes how Eric Garner resisted arrest. Officers Pantaleo and Justin D’Amico also claim they had to get control of Garner, but never mentioned the use of a chokehold.

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