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NYPD Settles with Eric Garner's Estate for $5.9 Million

July 14, 2015  | 

The Eric Garner incident. (Photo: Screen shot from NY Daily News video)
The Eric Garner incident. (Photo: Screen shot from NY Daily News video)

Almost one year to the day after he died at the hands of New York City police officers -- an episode that fueled months of racially underscored anti-police protests across the nation -- the family of Eric Garner accepted a pretrial settlement from the city Monday.

Garner's estate, which filed a claim against the city in October 2014 for damages related to his death, will be paid $5.9 million, CNN reports.

"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," said New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, whose office is charged with settling claims against the city.

"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," said Stringer. "It forced us to examine the state of race relations, and the relationship between our police force and the people they serve."

No officer was indicted in his death, and Stringer said that while the multi-million dollar settlement "acknowledges the tragic nature of Mr. Garner's death... the city has not admitted liability."

Complete Eric Garner coverage


Comments (12)

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Rick Orzechowski @ 7/14/2015 3:15 PM

I am sorry he died but there is no way he was worth over 5 million dollars. .that is ludicrous and I dont mean the rap star..

HLopez @ 7/14/2015 3:19 PM

Let's see when a police officer die in the line of duty if his or her family will receive that amount of money.

rtwjr @ 7/14/2015 3:30 PM

They won't admit it, but we all know what happened here. We all saw it on video. God bless HD video. De-escalate whenever possible and remember, policing carries qualified immunity. Your superiors get strict immunity. These officers were lucky.

rtwjr @ 7/14/2015 3:33 PM

Again, these officers were lucky. Superiors get stric immunity. Line officers are allowed only qualified immunity

Rob @ 7/14/2015 4:04 PM

What a joke! What ever happened to Stop Resisting!

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/14/2015 4:17 PM

The New York City Comptroller just spit in the faces of the NYPD and the citizens of New York City.

Retired NY Boss @ 7/14/2015 7:25 PM

Maybe one day the Law Department might actually try fighting one of these.

Corporal James Barth @ 7/14/2015 9:22 PM

This settlement with Eric Garner's family is ridiculous. The Garner family is being handsomely rewarded for the criminal actions that caused Eric Garner's death. If Garner had simply complied with the NYPD's commands, he'd be alive today. Might I add this was not Garner's first rodeo with Law Enforcement, he's add numerous run ins with Police. The NYPD Officers did nothing wrong. So here we are again rewarding the families of common criminals for being criminals. When is this lawsuit madness going to end. Who came up with paying 5.9 million dollars to the family. This has got to stop, municipalities nationwide have got to get tough and stand firm behind their Law Enforcement agencies. This decision and settlement just says the Police were wrong when they were not.

reglaw @ 7/15/2015 8:11 AM

No, it says that the Comptroller's Office looked at the lawsuit, the evidence, and the likely attitudes of the pool from which the jury would be pulled, and decided that it would cost the city more to litigate the case.

Concerned (White) Dad @ 7/15/2015 3:52 PM

Agreed with above rtwjr…. the cop got lucky and now the city has to pay his bill. Settling lets the city say "we did nothing wrong and take no liability", which is fancy lawyer speak that we did wrong and now we want to settle make our innocence claim.

db in AZ @ 7/15/2015 11:04 PM

Mayor BigBird D'Blobio sent police out to rid his city of single cigarette sellers because he was losing tax dollars while the crime rate was skyrocketing since BigBird stopped the stop&frisk policy. When the 2 police officers were assassinated during Christmas he allowed rioters to continue their baseless claims "hands up dont shoot" which should be "PANTS UP, DONT LOOT". I suggest the Garner estate give the money to the families of the 2 officers that were assassinated who were protecting the community that was under siege due to BigBirds policies mentioned above. Lastly, comply with law enforcement requests or else you will only escalate your chances of being injured.

Tone @ 7/24/2015 10:37 PM

Whether Eric Garner was worth $5.9 million dollars or not, is not the bigger picture. Apparently the justice system felt that his family should be awarded some civil liabilities on behalf of the department and its tax payers. Now the tax payers shouldn't be held accountable for this bill. But nonetheless their getting paid and rightfully so. Maybe next time a better approach to a situation would warrant a different response than choking a man to death! The people of New York should personally thank Daniel Pantaleo!

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