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‘Money is not justice,’ says family of NY murdered man

‘Money is not justice,’ says family of NY murdered man

NEW YORK: The family of a black father of six who died after being held in an illegal police chokehold urged the federal government to take up the case on Tuesday, after reaching a $5.9 million settlement.

Eric Garner’s death last year in July was the first in a year of high-profile, racially-charged incidents in which white officers have been accused of using unreasonable force or being too quick to fire at black suspects.

The deaths have fuelled nationwide protests, bitter debate about racism and demands for structural reforms to police practices.

The city of New York announced a settlement with the Garners on Monday, nine months after the family took steps towards seeking $75m in damages. Garner’s loved ones and civil rights campaigner Al Sharpton urged the US federal government at a news conference to take up the case and to hold the white police officers accountable for his death.

“This does not represent justice. We call on the Department of Justice and (US Attorney General) Loretta Lynch to deliver justice for my father,” said daughter Erica Garner.

Published in Dawn, July 15th, 2015

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