NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday, announced the settlement of $5.9 million with the family of Eric Garner.
Garner died nearly a year ago in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island, as police tried to arrest him for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. One officer, Daniel Pantaleo, used a takedown move that many have described as a chokehold.
The settlement is the largest ever in a wrongful death case involving a death caused by the NYPD, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.
The New York City Medical Examiner’s office ruled Garner’s death a homicide. In December, a grand jury declined to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.
As CBS2’s Aiello reported, there was a moment of prayer in the spot in Tompkinsville, Staten Island where Garner died in the apparent police chokehold just shy of one year ago.
At the vigil, there were a few words from his daughter, Erica Snipes Garner, about the settlement her family signed Monday.
“No amount of money is going heal our pain, so we’re just searching, in search for justice, and that’s our continued fight,” she said.
Seven Garner family members put their signatures on papers, and will share the settlement money.
“I hope it gives closure for the Garner family. I think it’s important that they have a sense of financial security,” Stringer said. “I think for the city, as I mentioned, I think we have a lot of work to do to bring police and community together.
Stringer said in a statement that his office could not discuss the details of the settlement, and said the city has admitted no liability.