Medical Examiner Rules NYPD Choke Hold Death A Homicide

Report says Eric Garner's death, which was caught on video, was caused by a police officer's choke hold.
1:59 | 08/01/14

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An autopsy just released and it also -- -- -- health including asthma and obesity. As contributing factors to his death but most important here the medical Examiner's saying that it was a police officers each -- cold. That caused Gardner's death -- this case has already sparked outrage both here and across the country Eyewitness News reporter doctor. -- details job David -- the bombshell determination for the medical Examiner's office came just in the past hour Eric garner his death officially classified as you say. As a homicide it's an arrest that sparked outrage across the city back on July 17 that officers attempted to arrest the 43 year old. For allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes and Staten Island street corner but -- -- have resisted. One officer placed him in an apparent chokehold he did not die there on the scene but was eventually pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later. Today the medical examiner ruled the cause -- garner his death was compression of his neck in a chokehold. Also compression of his chest and -- -- -- calls quote full position. During physical restraint by police. The report -- -- asthma obesity cardiovascular disease is contributing factors but the manner of death has been deemed a homicide. Officers use the apparent chokehold already believed to dispatch and John pending this investigation to T and -- two paramedics. Also suspended in -- case which touched a nerve citywide. And already led police commissioner Bill Bratton to promise an overhaul of police training in the nation's largest police department. It will be officials -- an island district attorney to decide whether to pursue criminal charges in this case the DA's office has now it's waiting for an official death certificate. Before it makes that decision we have reached out -- the mayor's office. And the PDA for comment to me of reporters on the way to Staten Island to speak with Gardner's family and members of his community we will have much more. An Eyewitness News at five but again a medical examiner ruling late this afternoon. Eric Gardner's death. Was a homicide. Reporting live and editor Josh under channel seven eyewitness.

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