(DNAINFO) Jeff Mays — Comptroller Scott Stringer reached a $5.9 million pre-litigation settlement with the family of Staten Island man Eric Garner, who died last year after police placed him in a chokehold during his arrest.
Garner’s family filed a notice of claim in October, saying theyintended to sue the city for $75 million.
The claim stated that NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo and others caused Garner’s death when they placed him in a chokehold, which is against departmental procedure, while trying to place him under arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on July 17, 2014.
Pantaleo wrapped his arm around Garner’s neck and other officers “wrestled him to the ground while continuously choking him” despite repeated attempts by Garner to tell them, “I can’t breathe,” according to the notice of claim.
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics then failed to provide “immediate medical attention,” which resulted in Garner’s death, according to the claim.