The family of a Staten Island man, who died after NYPD officers put him in a chokehold, is now seeking justice. The New York Daily News reports that Eric Garner’s family is now planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, the NYPD and the eight officers involved for $75 million.
The suit claims that officers acted “negligently and recklessly” after putting Garner in a chokehold while arresting him, which is a tactic that had been banned by the NYPD. The department’s training and hiring practices are also cited in the lawsuit as “negligent” and partially responsible for Garner’s death.
Officers Justin D’Amico, Christopher Maldonado, Daniel Pantaleo, William Meems, Craig Furlani, Mark Ramos and two un-identified cops will be defendants in the lawsuit.
A grand jury is currently examining evidence to determine if any criminal charges will be filed against the officers.
Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the city examiner after the compression on his chest by police officers and being put into a chokehold were determined to be the cause of his death.
Garner died on July 17th after being tackled to the ground by officers during an arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes.