Official: Police Chokehold That Caused NYC Man’s Death Ruled Homicide

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, center, reacts alongside her daughter Ellisha Garner, right, and his wife Esaw Garner, left, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in N... Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, center, reacts alongside her daughter Ellisha Garner, right, and his wife Esaw Garner, left, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in New York. Eric Garner, 43, died on Thursday, July 18, during an arrest in Staten Island, when a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a choke hold while several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) MORE LESS
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NEW YORK (AP) — The medical examiner has ruled that the chokehold of a police officer on a New York City man last month caused his death.

Medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Friday that Eric Garner’s July 17 death has been ruled ahomicide.

Bolcer says his death was caused by “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.” She says asthma and heart disease were contributing factors.

Garner’s videotaped confrontation with police has caused widespread outcry, and Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department is “closely monitoring” the investigation into his death.

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