NYC Pays Cop Victim Eric Garner’s Family Millions: No Cops Charged

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Written by Ted Rall

NYC pays Eric Garner’s family $5.9 million in a wrongful death settlement. The last words of the unarmed black man, choked by NYPD, were “I can’t breathe.” No cops have ever been charged in the killing, and NYC has never even officially owned up to the responsibility. What is up with that? Ted Rall cartoon.

aNewDomain — New York City has paid $5.9 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who was choked to death by New York police on Staten Island and whose dying words, “I can’t breathe,” became an iconic symbol of police brutality.

Yet no cops have been charged and the city has never formally or officially accepted responsibility. Isn’t it absurd to pay for a death for which you refuse to acknowledge responsibility? What does that say about New York, really? The system never worked for Eric Garner …

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Eric Garner NYC Payout Cartoon: Ted Rall

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