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NYPD places officers involved in fatal arrest on modified duty

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July 19, 2014: Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, mourns at the site of her father's death on a march following a service held in his name at the Mount Sinai Center for Community Enrichmen in the Staten Island borough of New York. (AP)

New York City police say two officers involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody are being placed on modified duty.

Police identified one of the officers Saturday as Daniel Pantaleo. They say he's an eight-year veteran of the force.

Commissioner William Bratton says an officer with four years on the job is also being assigned to desk duty while 43-year-old Eric Garner's death is investigated.

Police haven't identified that officer.

The police union called Pantaleo's reassignment a "completely unwarranted, knee-jerk reaction."

Authorities say Garner went into cardiac arrest while being arrested on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island.

Video shows the 350-pound Garner becoming irate and refusing to be handcuffed. An officer then places him in what Bratton says appeared to be a chokehold.

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