NEW YORK – Gospel music mixed with grief at a Brooklyn church filled with mourners for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.
The service for Eric Garner Wednesday at Brooklyn's Bethel Baptist Church opened with a mix of solemn prayer and an organ-backed gospel medley. Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing.
Garner, who had asthma, died last week on Staten Island. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing him in what appears be a chokehold. The 43-year-old Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!"
The Rev. Al Sharpton told the crowd he was scheduled to meet Friday with the U.S. attorney's office, and he called for a civil rights probe.