NYPD Suspect Dies After Being Put in Chokehold, a Move Prohibited by NYPD's Own Rules

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July 18 2014 5:05 PM

NYPD Suspect Dies After Being Put in Chokehold, a Move Prohibited by NYPD's Own Rules

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NYPD commissioner William Bratton.

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A 43-year-old man named Eric Garner being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes died after an NYPD officer put him in a chokehold—a move prohibited by NYPD rules—and the incident was captured on video obtained by the New York Daily News during which Garner can be heard telling officers he is unable to breathe.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio issued his "deepest condolences" to Garner's family and said that the NYPD and local prosecutors are investigating the incident.

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