Examiner: NYC police chokehold caused death, ruled as homicide


NEW YORK — The death of a man during an arrest on New York City’s Staten Island last month was caused by a choke hold used on him by a police officer, the New York City chief medical examiner’s office said on Friday, declaring the death as a homicide.

Eric Garner, who was arrested by police for peddling untaxed cigarettes, died as result of compression to his neck, compression to his chest and “prone positioning during physical restraint by police,” according to autopsy results.

Bronchial asthma, obesity and heart disease were also listed as contributing conditions.

 

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