NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The city was in damage control mode Sunday night, after a man died in police custody on Staten Island after an officer apparently put him in a choke hold.
The paramedics and EMTs are all employed by the hospital – where Eric Garner, 43 – was pronounced dead after his arrest on Thursday – but the FDNY oversees 911 calls and thus has the authority to remove them from the field.
“This is a high profile case, so it’s important to look at the response and operation and the paramedics and EMTs have been placed on desk duty until the investigation is complete,” the FDNY said.
The FDNY did not elaborate further why the paramedics and EMTs were placed on desk duty.
Meanwhile, a new video has been released showing Garner apprehended, in handcuffs, and apparently unresponsive on the sidewalk in front of 202 Bay St. in Tompkinsville, Staten Island on Thursday.
As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, in the video, several police officers are seen hovering over Garner’s motionless body, occasionally rifling through his pockets as he lies handcuffed with his head slumping to the concrete.