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Eric Garner's family accepts $5.9M settlement from New York

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New York City on Monday agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle a suit brought by the family of Eric Garner, a man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police last year.

Nearly one year to the day of Garner’s death, his family, including widow Esaw Garner and his mother, Gwen Carr, agreed to accept $5.9 million in a deal arranged by City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

FILE - In this July 8, 2015 file photo, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, right, joins women whose families members were killed by police officers after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that puts the office of the state attorney general in charge of investigating killings by police. New York City reached a settlement Monday, July 13 with the family of Garner for about $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
FILE – In this July 8, 2015 file photo, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, right, joins women whose families members were killed by police officers after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that puts the office of the state attorney general in charge of investigating killings by police. New York City reached a settlement Monday, July 13 with the family of Garner for about $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Earlier in the day they refused $5 million to settle their $75 million lawsuit.

“The City of New York has agreed to pay $5.9 million to resolve the Garner case,” said Jonathan Moore, the lawyer representing Garner’s family.

Eric Garner minutes before his death. Screen shot from video.
Eric Garner minutes before his death. Screen shot from video.

The father of six died July 17 after New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold against department policy. Garner told police he couldn’t breathe as he was wrestled to the ground.

Garner, who was unarmed, had been suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes on the sidewalk.

Pantaleo was not indicted for his role in Garner’s death, prompting global protests over police brutality and discrimination.

FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Eric Garner's body lies in a casket during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Nearly a year has passed since Garner had the encounter with New York City police that led to his death. Since then, his family has become national advocates for police reform and the department is changing how it relates to the public it serves. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, Julia Xanthos, Pool, File)
FILE – In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Eric Garner’s body lies in a casket during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Nearly a year has passed since Garner had the encounter with New York City police that led to his death. Since then, his family has become national advocates for police reform and the department is changing how it relates to the public it serves. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, Julia Xanthos, Pool, File)

Stringer said the settlement was meant to save the city’s taxpayers the costs of a potentially lengthy court battle and bring closure to Garner’s family.

“Following a judicious review of the claim and facts of this case, my office was able to reach a settlement with the estate of Eric Garner that is in the best interests of all parties,” Stringer said in a statement. “We are all familiar with the events that lead to the death of Eric Garner and the extraordinary impact his passing has had on our city and our nation. It forced us to examine the state of race relations, and the relationship between our police force and the people they serve.”

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, demonstrators march to protest the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner in the Staten Island borough of New York. Nearly a year has passed since Garner had the encounter with New York City police that led to his death. Since then, his family has become national advocates for police reform and the department is changing how it relates to the public it serves. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, demonstrators march to protest the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner in the Staten Island borough of New York. Nearly a year has passed since Garner had the encounter with New York City police that led to his death. Since then, his family has become national advocates for police reform and the department is changing how it relates to the public it serves. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

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