Following an autopsy, the New York City Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Eric Garner a homicide. Garner, 43, died after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold in Staten Island on Jul. 17.
According to the Associated Press, Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman to the medical examiner's office, Garner's death was the result of both "compression of his chest" and "prone positioning during physical restraint by police," as well as lingering health issues such as asthma.
The Associated Press adds that police in New York City have yet to comment on this development. Officers Daniel Pantaleo—who applied the prohibited move—and Justin Damico have been relegated to desk duty, while Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and badge pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
[via Associated Press]
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