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.