Eric Garner's chokehold death at NYPD's hands ruled homicide

Mourners gather at the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York, July 23, 2014. [Reuters]


Mourners gather at the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York, July 23, 2014. [Reuters]

"The death of a 43-year-old New York City man who was placed in a chokehold by police officers has been ruled a homicide, according to the New York City medical examiner."

Eric Ganer was killed by "compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police," said a spokesperson for the office.

[LA Times]

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  1. Guess this means the choker will eventually be found guilty and have to suffer what, a week's suspension? With pay?

  2. Ruled homicide? What the hell ELSE would it be ruled? When a human kills another human, that is by definition homicide. It can't possibly be anything else - unless you're saying the victim wasn't human.

    Now, what matters in a legal situation is what kind of homicide - the two degrees of murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, and the various forms of justifiable homicide.

    This clearly wasn't justifiable homicide, but at the same time it seems pretty likely that it technically wasn't murder (which requires "malice aforethought"), so that leaves manslaughter - in this case, it seems liable to have been voluntary or "heat of passion" manslaughter, rather than involuntary, which is the result to negligence without intent.

  3. Or that the actions of the aggressor were not the cause of death. The medical examiner has now established that they were in fact. Because that is his job. Distinguishing between murder and manslaughter is not.

  4. I agree, but they sure do know when to circle the wagons.

  5. #NotAllCops

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