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Center That Sent EMTs to Treat Eric Garner After Fatal NYPD Chokehold Pays Family $1 Million

HeadlineFeb 24, 2016

The hospital center that dispatched paramedics and treated Eric Garner, the African-American man who died after a police chokehold in Staten Island, has agreed to pay Garner’s family $1 million. The settlement with Richmond University Medical Center was revealed in court records obtained by the Associated Press. Video footage shows police officer Daniel Pantaleo wrestling Garner to the ground by his neck; officers then pile on top of Garner, who said, “I can’t breathe” 11 times. Video also shows EMT workers taking Garner’s pulse but doing little else to assist him as he lies unresponsive on the ground. Three of the four EMTs are back at work; a fourth remains on modified duty. Court documents accused the EMTs of failing to examine Garner adequately or “provide him with the necessary lifesaving procedures.”

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