Grand jury probe announced over death of black man placed in chokehold by police in US
Published on Aug 20, 2014 2:22 AM
NEW YORK (AFP) - A New York prosecutor announced Tuesday he will convene a grand jury to probe the death last month of a 43-year-old black man placed in a chokehold by police.
Eric Garner, a father of six who was suspected of illegally selling cigarettes, was wrestled to the ground by several white police officers after resisting arrest in Staten Island July 17.
An amateur video showed police subduing him with a chokehold. Garner lost consciousness and was pronounced dead of a heart attack after being transferred to a hospital.
Classified as a homicide by the New York medical examiner's office, his death set off intense reactions and several protests in New York reminiscent of those in Ferguson, Missouri, over the Aug 9 police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
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