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The family of Eric Garner has agreed to accept a $5.9 million settlement for his wrongful choking death at the hands of NYPD cops, just hours after rejecting a $5,000,000 deal.

The record deal between Garner’s family and the city was announced by city Controller Scott Stringer Monday night.

“Following a judicious review of the claim and facts of this case, my office was able to reach a settlement with the estate of Eric Garner that is in the best interests of all parties,” Stringer said.

“We are all familiar with the events that led to the death of Eric Garner and the extraordinary impact his passing has had on our City and our nation. It forced us to examine the state of race relations, and the relationship between our police force and the people they serve.

“While we cannot discuss the details of this settlement, and the City has not admitted liability, I believe that we have reached an agreement that acknowledges the tragic nature of Mr. Garner’s death while balancing my office’s fiscal responsibility to the City,” Stringer said.

Mayor de Blasio spoke about the deal.

“No sum of money can make this family whole, but hopefully the Garner family can find some peace and finality from today’s settlement,” the mayor said. “By reaching a resolution, family and other loved ones can move forward even though we know they will never forget this tragic incident.”

Esaw Garner, Garner’s widow, said the family will hold a press conference on Tuesday.

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  • John James

    RIP Eric Garner….What is his mother wearing on top of her head though?????

    • Trueblue

      Grief and sadness. That’s what she’s wearing on her head. smdh

  • Mary Burrell

    No amount of money can bring back a cherished love one

  • The murderer is not in prison. The settlement is important, but this is not justice. De Blasio acted submissive to the Patrick Lynch when Lynch called him as having blood on his hands (which was a lie). As a human being, if I was mayor, and some police official said that I have blood on my hands in public (when that’s false), then I will publicly criticize that police official and say a lot of commentary about that official. The most important issue is that the family of Eric Garner received a settlement (which is the least that the city could do) and that is legitimate. Yet, this not justice, because a murderer is free to live his life. That murderer can go back to his family. Eric Garner is gone physically.

    RIP Eric Garner.

    • vintage3000

      Yes to all. My heart breaks for the Garner family. Their 20 year old son just said in an interview that he will never watch that video of his father losing his life. I can’t imagine how painful that is, and surely wish the murderer and every EMT so-called professional who refused to help sees their karma soon.

    • Exactly. The EMT person there did nothing to save his life immediately. Also, the officers around Eric Garner did nothing to stop that murderer. Yes, we express great empathy for the family of Eric Garner. Garner’s family has shown grace and compassion.

    • Chazz A

      Agreed brother, the murderer is not in prison. Pantaleo murdered brother Garner in broad day light on the block in front of witnesses and he is still a cop. Justice will only happen when these rogue cops get sentenced to prison and the chiefs that condone such criminal acts are fired.

    • Exactly Brother. I heard the recent words of the heroic members of the family of Eric Garner saying that the settlement is not justice. The family is right. This oppression going on i NYC is nothing new. Black people in NYC executed a courageous slave revolt during the 1700’s. We have Adam Clayton Powell, Malcolm X, Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm, and other people in NYC who fought for justice. Pantaleo and other criminals involved in the murder of Brother Eric Garner deserve prison time. Patrick Lynch should definitely be fired for outright advocating near mutiny and Ed Mullins for his offensive statements.

    • Chazz A

      No doubt, Lynch a racist. He needs to be removed and investigated thoroughly. NY has paid nearly 500 million in lawsuits against the NYPD and most of that money comes from tax payers. Pantaleo needs to be fired and barred from any law enforcement job opportunity.

  • binks

    Every time I think of Eric Garner I get angry because this man should have not die in such a disgraceful and inhumane manner. As someone with asthma, I can image how he must have felt in his last moments of life trying to grasp for breath. These thugs who caused his murder and the EMT who fail to save him needs to be in jail ASAP. Money is not getting the Garner family justice or writing this grave injustice. Nor is this amount going to get his children their dad back or Mrs. Garner her husband back.