New York City's medical examiner has ruled that Eric Garner—the 43-year-old Staten Island man who died after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer in an incident caught on video—was the victim of a homicide.
Eric Garner's death ruled a homicide by medical examiner. "Cause of Death: Compression of neck (choke hold)" during restraint by police— jdavidgoodman (@jdavidgoodman) August 1, 2014
Goodman is a New York Times police reporter. From the New York Daily News:
A spokeswoman for the medical examiner said Friday that Garner died from compression of the neck, which the office labeled a chokehold, and compression of the chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by cops.
The Pix11 TV station reported this week that a police report on Garner's arrest did not mention that he was put in a chokehold. The NYPD's guidelines prohibit the move's use.