NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An independent forensic investigator representing the family of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died in police custody, agrees his death was a homicide.
Last month, the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled 43-year-old Garner’s death was caused by compression to the neck and chest. Asthma, heart disease and obesity contributed to the death as well, the medical examiner said.
The family’s expert, Forensic Pathologist Michael Baden, agrees, but said the critical element was pressure to the neck.
“Compression of the neck that prevents breathing, for example, trumps everything else,” Baden said.
Baden is also the forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on Michael Brown, the Missouri teen who was shot by police.