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A medical examiner rules that a man's death by police chokehold was a homicide. (Aug. 2)
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SHOTLIST:APTN material -- APTN clients onlyStaten Island, New York -- 1 August 20141. Medium shot man holding newspaper with headline about Eric Garner2. Wide shot memorial to Garner3. SOUNDBITE (English), Voxpop: "Can't sweep this under the rug. They sure can't sweep this under the rug. That's right. He done beat too many people, now he finally murdered somebody, now he's going to get just what he asked for. He won't murder nobody else. Go to the jailhouse, try to murder one of them -- see what you get."4. Various of memorial to Garner5. SOUNDBITE (English) Doug Brinson, friend of Eric Garner: "He didn't do nothing. He was just coming up here to feed his family. That's the only way and means that he had to try to feed his family, and that particular day he didn't have no cigarettes on him; he wasn't even selling cigarettes that day, and they didn't come for him; they came for a fight, but when the fight walked away, that's when they jumped on Eric."6. Various of memorial to Garner7. SOUNDBITE (English) Doug Brinson, friend of Eric Garner: "The pressure's still on, and we want a conviction now, even though it was ruled a homicide, now we want a conviction, and we want this killer in jail. We want this killer locked up right now, we want this killer cop locked up right now."8. Wide shot memorial to GarnerSTORYLINE:New Yorkers enraged by a man's death in police custody see a medical examiner's ruling that blames a prohibited chokehold as a clear indication the officers involved should face criminal charges.Garner was killed by neck compressions from the chokehold and ``the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police,'' city medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Friday.Near the site in Staten Island where Garner died, a woman celebrated the news, telling the Associated Press, "Can't sweep this under the rug. They sure can't sweep this under the rug. That's right. He done beat too many people, now he finally murdered somebody, now he's going to get just what he asked for. He won't murder nobody else. Go to the jailhouse, try to murder one of them -- see what you get."Doug Brinson, who has maintained a memorial to Garner since his death, told the Associated Press, "He didn't do nothing. He was just coming up here to feed his family. That's the only way and means that he had to try to feed his family, and that particular day he didn't have no cigarettes on him; he wasn't even selling cigarettes that day, and they didn't come for him; they came for a fight, but when the fight walked away, that's when they jumped on Eric."Brinson added, "The pressure's still on, and we want a conviction now, even though it was ruled a homicide, now we want a conviction, and we want this killer in jail. We want this killer locked up right now, we want this killer cop locked up right now."Asthma, heart disease and obesity were contributing factors in the death of the 43-year-old Garner, a 6-foot-3, 350-pound father of six, she said. His videotaped arrest and final pleas of ``I can't breathe!'' sparked outrage and led to the overhaul of use-of-force training for the nation's largest police department.The confrontation between the white police officer who used the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo, and Garner, who is black, prompted calls by the Rev. Al Sharpton for a federal civil rights investigation.Garner's family will join Sharpton on Saturday to address the medical examiner's ruling, a spokeswoman said. The finding increases the likelihood that the case will be presented to a grand jury to determine whether Pantaleo or any other officers involved in the confrontation will face criminal charges.Pantaleo's attorney, Stuart London, declined to comment. Garner's wife, Esaw Garner, told the Daily News, ``Thank God the truth is finally out.'' Mayor Bill de Blasio extended his sympathies to Garner's family in a statement and pledged to continue repairing the relationship between minority communities and the New York Police Department. Chokeholds are prohibited by the NYPD, but partial video of the July 17 confrontation shows an officer placing a chokehold on Garner, who was being arrested on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes. Garner then apparently loses consciousness. A spokesman for Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said prosecutors were still investigating the death and awaited a full autopsy report and death certificate from the medical examiner. Donovan will have to determine whether to empanel a grand jury and charge officers in Garner's death. Federal officials are monitoring the investigation, a Department of Justice spokeswoman said, adding that the department has not begun its own inquiry. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said officials were aware of the medical examiner's findings and the department is cooperating with prosecutors. He has said the NYPD's use-of-force training is lacking and has pledged to retrain all 35,000 officers. Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and badge pending the investigation, and another officer was placed on desk duty. Two paramedics and two emergency medical technicians were suspended without pay.