Family to sue city for $75 million in Eric Garner police chokehold death
The family of a Staten Island father who died after being put in an apparent chokehold by police is taking steps to sue the city for $75 million.
Eric Garner's loved ones filed a notice of claim for the lawsuit, naming New York City, the NYPD and six officers.
The medical examiner ruled the 43-year-old's death a homicide back in July. A grand jury will decide whether or not criminal charges will be filed against the officers involved.
Meanwhile, a watchdog agency says complaints about NYPD officers using banned chokeholds are rising and discipline is lacking. According to a report from the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the police department received 219 chokehold complaints between July 2013 and June 2014, the most since 2009.
However, the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association called the report "meaningless" and based on poorly investigated complaints.