NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The family of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who was placed in a police chokehold in July and died, will sue the city of New York as well as the NYPD for $75 million plus attorneys’ fees, according to a notice of claim filed Monday.
The notice of claim names the city, NYPD, Officer Daniel Pantaleo — the officer who put Garner in the apparent chokehold — and a number of other police officers as defendants.
The notice states claims including wrongful death, assault, battery and negligent training and supervision among the NYPD officers as well as violation of civil rights and wrongful imprisonment.
Representing the family in the past was Sanford Rubenstein, who is currently under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman after the Rev. Al Sharpton’s 60th birthday party last week. Both Rubenstein and his accuser attended the star-studded event at the Four Seasons Hotel New York last Wednesday.
In a statement from the National Action Network released Tuesday, Sharpton said he plans to announce the lawsuit with Garner’s family at Saturday’s weekly NAN rally.
“Being that the allegations against Mr. Rubenstein just surfaced on Sunday and Monday, it is clear whatever we would have decided to do could not have been decided or changed by yesterday (the deadline date.) We must protect the family’s rights. No one should read anything else into it,” the statement reads.
What was unsaid in the statement, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, is that Rubenstein is about to be shown the door.