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USNew York medical examiner to testify in hearing on deadly chokehold

17:04  15 may  2019
17:04  15 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Medical examiner: Chokehold triggered Eric Garner's death

Medical examiner: Chokehold triggered Eric Garner's death A medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Eric Garner says a police officer's chokehold set into motion "a lethal sequence of events" that led to his death five years ago. Dr. Floriana Persechino detailed the findings in testimony Wednesday at New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo's disciplinary trial. Persechino says hemorrhaging in neck muscles was indicative of a chokehold that set off an asthma attack and led to his death. She also reviewed video of the confrontation as well as security video showing Garner an hour earlier.

Internal affairs investigators who reviewed Eric Garner’s death determined that the officer who wrestled him to the ground in 2014 used a forbidden chokehold on him, a police supervisor testified on Monday during the officer’s disciplinary trial at Police Headquarters.

New York City’s chief medical examiner ruled that Garner was killed in part by a chokehold compressing his neck. A Staten Island grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against Pantaleo later in 2014, prompting the US Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the death.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City medical examiner who ruled that a policeman used a chokehold in 2014 on an unarmed black man who died during an attempted arrest is expected to testify on Wednesday about the autopsy at the officer's disciplinary trial.

Cellphone videos taken by bystanders show Officer Daniel Pantaleo, 33, putting his arm around the neck of Eric Garner as he attempted to arrest Garner on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes on a sidewalk in the city's Staten Island borough.

Top NYPD trainer testifies Officer Daniel Pantaleo used banned chokehold in Eric Garner death

Top NYPD trainer testifies Officer Daniel Pantaleo used banned chokehold in Eric Garner death A top NYPD instructor testified Tuesday that Officer Daniel Pantaleo was never trained to use a seatbelt hold, contradicting claims by the cop’s lawyer during his departmental trial for the death of Eric Garner. Inspector Richard Dee, the head of training at the NYPD Police Academy, said Pantaleo was repeatedly instructed not to use the chokehold that led to Garner’s death as he was arrested on Staten Island on July 17, 2014. Pantaleo’s lawyer Stuart London on Monday said Pantaleo used a“seatbelt” maneuver to take Garner down that was approved by the NYPD.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The disciplinary trial of the New York City police officer who put Eric Garner The first witness to testify during the trial was Ramsey Orta, Garner’s friend who shot cellphone New York City’s chief medical examiner ruled that Garner was killed in part by a chokehold compressing

New York City’s chief medical examiner ruled that Garner was killed in part by a chokehold compressing his neck. A Staten Island grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against Pantaleo later in 2014, prompting the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the death.

The New York Police Department has banned its officers from using chokeholds for decades, saying the maneuver is too risky.

The video footage sparked a national outcry over policing tactics used against black men, and Garner's dying refrain of "I can't breathe!" became a rallying cry in the early days of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In hearings this week at the New York Police Department's headquarters in Manhattan, Pantaleo's lawyers have argued that he did not use a chokehold in restraining Garner while arresting him and that the officer did not cause Garner's death.

One of his lawyers, Stuart London, even ripped up a copy of the official autopsy report in front of the department judge, saying it was wrong.

Dr. Floriana Persechino, the author of that report, is also due to testify on Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the city's chief medical examiner's office.

Officer says he inflated charge against chokehold victim

Officer says he inflated charge against chokehold victim After Eric Garner died following a confrontation with New York City police five years ago, one officer involved in the struggle wrote up paperwork that exaggerated the seriousness of the dead man's suspected crime, according to testimony Tuesday.Officer Justin Damico testified that after riding in an ambulance with the dying Garner, he went ahead on his own and filled out arrest papers listing a felony tax charge that would've required prosecutors to prove Garner, a small-time street hustler, had sold 10,000 untaxed cigarettes.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The disciplinary trial of the New York City police officer who put Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a fatal chokehold will begin on The case will be closely watched by civil rights activists who say too few police officers face consequences for using deadly force and those

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City Medical Examiner ’s office has ruled that the chokehold by a police officer on a Staten Island man last month caused his death. Eric Garner’s July 17 death has been ruled a homicide, Medical Examiner ’s office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Friday.

Prosecutors from the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), a city agency that has some oversight powers over the police department, said Persechino would testify that she found hemorrhaging and trauma to layers of muscle in Garner's neck caused by a chokehold.

A summary of the autopsy shared with reporters in 2014 ruled that the cause of death was: "Compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police."

It also said that Garner's asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease were "contributing conditions." Garner was 43 when he died.

In hearings this week, several of Pantaleo's colleagues, including investigators in the police department's Internal Affairs Bureau and an officer who oversees cadet training, say the videos show Pantaleo used a chokehold.

The CCRB has said Pantaleo should be fired. The ultimate decision will be made by Police Commissioner James O'Neill after the hearing.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Dan Grebler)

Protestors disrupt rush hour as cop in Eric Garner death faces disciplinary trial.
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It's been five years since the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. Monday began a disciplinary trial for Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in an apparent chokehold when he resisted arrest for selling loose cigarettes. RELATED: Judge rules disciplinary trial of cop in Eric Garner chokehold death can proceed Lawyer for cop in Eric Garner case: Police watchdog has no jurisdiction in chokehold trial NYPD: Records not precise on who trained Eric Garner officer Pantaleo's lawyer Stuart London said it's a misconception that Garner complained while the officer's hands were around his neck. He said that happened while they were trying to handcuff him.

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