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NYC reaches $5.9 million settlement with family of Eric Garner in chokehold death case

  • FILE - In this July 8, 2015 file photo, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, right, joins women whose families members were killed by police officers after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that puts the office of the state attorney general in charge of investigating killings by police. New York City reached a settlement Monday, July 13 with the family of Garner for about $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    FILE - In this July 8, 2015 file photo, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, right, joins women whose families members were killed by police officers after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that puts the office of the state attorney general in charge of investigating killings by police. New York City reached a settlement Monday, July 13 with the family of Garner for about $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 7, 2015, file photo, Gwen Carr holds a picture of her son Eric Garner during a news conference in New York with relatives of New Yorkers killed by police. New York City reached a settlement Monday, July 13 with the family of Garner for about $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    FILE - In this July 7, 2015, file photo, Gwen Carr holds a picture of her son Eric Garner during a news conference in New York with relatives of New Yorkers killed by police. New York City reached a settlement Monday, July 13 with the family of Garner for about $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)  (The Associated Press)

New York City has reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody.

The family filed a notice of claim in October, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.

Garner was stopped on July 17 outside a convenience store for selling loose cigarettes. A video shows Garner telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed. Garner is taken to the ground in what appears to be a chokehold, banned by police policy. The officer claimed it was a legal takedown maneuver known as a "seatbelt."

Garner, who had asthma, is heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" 11 times before he loses consciousness. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.