Latest Death of Eric Garner News

NYPD: Fewer arrests since 'I can't breathe' officer's firing

Sep. 4, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Arrests totals in New York City have plunged in the two weeks since the police department fired an officer for the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, pointing to a possible slowdown amid a heated response to the firing from the officers' union. Felony arrests are down about 11% and...

Police union wants mayor, commish out over Garner firing

Aug. 28, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's largest police union says the mayor and police commissioner should lose their jobs over the firing last week of an officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner. Police Benevolent Association delegates unanimously approved no confidence resolutions Wednesday calling for...

Garner's family seeks mayor's testimony on chokehold death

Aug. 27, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner's relatives asked a court Tuesday to force New York City's mayor and police commissioner to answer questions under oath as the family seeks to pull back the curtain on the investigation into his 2014 chokehold death. Garner's mother and sister, joined by police reform advocates,...

Where Garner died, changes in policing win little applause

Aug. 21, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A police cruiser constantly sits a few feet from a small floral memorial to Eric Garner on the Staten Island sidewalk where he spent his dying moments five years ago. Tompkinsville Park, which police were targeting for patrols when they encountered Garner selling loose, untaxed cigarettes,...

Police supervisor to lose vacation days over Garner death

Aug. 21, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A police sergeant accused of failing to properly supervise officers involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner has agreed to give up about four weeks of vacation time to settle her internal disciplinary case, a police official said Wednesday. Sgt. Kizzy Adonis was the first police supervisor...

'I can't breathe' case clouds de Blasio's tenure, 2020 run

Aug. 20, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio's relationship with New York City's police force was destined to be rocky. He took office promising to overhaul how the city's 36,000 officers interacted with the public, especially people of color. But Blasio's handling of one such interaction — the 2014 police...

The Latest: Mayor says justice served in firing of officer

Aug. 20, 2019 3:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Eric Garner case (all times local): 2:50 p.m. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the police commissioner's firing of the officer whose chokehold contributed to the death of an unarmed black man means that "justice was served." De Blasio said Monday he...

NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

Aug. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force. Police...

AP FACT CHECK: The Democratic debates and Trump counterpunch

Aug. 3, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his typically boastful rally this past week, Donald Trump placed himself too high in the pantheon of presidents when it comes to getting his judicial picks on federal courts. He's been having a good run on that front but he's not where he said he is — ranking right under George...

NYPD judge recommends firing officer in Eric Garner death

Aug. 2, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a reckoning five years in the making, an administrative judge on Friday recommended firing a New York City police officer over the 2014 chokehold death of an unarmed black man whose dying cries of "I can't breathe" fueled a national debate over policing, race and the use of force. The...