The family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer’s chokehold is holding a news conference Tuesday to discuss the $5.9 million settlement it reached with the city days before the anniversary of his death.
The news conference will be held by attorneys for Eric Garner’s family and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who is calling on New Yorkers to attend a rally Saturday in honor of Garner and other victims of police misconduct.
The settlement was announced Monday. Garner’s family in October filed a notice of claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.
Garner, who was 43, was stopped last July 17 outside a Staten Island convenience store because police officers believed he was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. A video shot by an onlooker shows Garner telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed.