Transcript for Allegations of Unnecessary Force as NY Man Dies After Arrest
Now to new fallout in the explosive case rocking the new York City police department. Growing outrage about a suspect who died in custody after the arresting officer put his arm, as you can see, around his neck. A preliminary autopsy report could be out later today, and Ron Claiborne is here, staying on top of this. Good morning. Good morning. Now two investigations into the incident captured on several videos. Police internal affairs and prosecutors looking into what happened. Before they are complete, one police officer has had his badge and shield taken, and four paramedics on modified duty. The story just keeps heating up. This is the video that NYPD and prosecutors are pouring over, trying to determine whether police used excessive force to arrest 43-year-old Eric garner for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes. Watch as one officer appears to have his arm around garner's neck, and more officers piling on, face pressed to the pavement. Finally, officers subdue a struggling garner. Garner, a father of six, died about an hour later at a hospital according to police. Snatched my heart out of my chest. I have to stay strong for my kids. Reporter: As investigators look into whether force contributed to the death, the racially-charged incident sparking protests over the weekend. An unarmed man was subjected to a choke hold hold, and the result mess no longer with us. Reporter: Words of anger, scenes of anguish. The NYPD placing officer Daniel pan that Leo, a four-year veteran, on modified desk duty, his badge and gun taken away. And now four ems workers who responded after garner collapsed also on modified duty. Investigators say they will be focusing on whether he is placed in a choke hold, banned by new York City guidelines. It's meant to suffocated air out of an individual. This was more on the lines of a submission/restraint. Reporter: And the police union say the videos don't show the whole story. They sometimes have to use force to arrest someone. Necessary force can be misinterpreted as excessive. The key could be the autopsy and whether the use of force played a role in his death, the results expected later today. The videos are extremely helpful to determine what happened. As you said, the New York police department, they are not allowed to use that type of hold. But not technically that type of hold? The police union say it was a restraining maneuver, as opposed to a choke hold. The autopsy will show if that led to his death. You could hear him say I can't breathe. He said it four or five
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