“Thank God the truth is finally out,” Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner, told the New York Daily News. “Thank God for that.”
Chokeholds are prohibited by the New York Police Department, which is conducting its own investigation into the incident. In a brief statement sent to The Post, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said the department “has been informed of the preliminary findings” and “will continue to cooperate with the Richmond County District Attorney’s office, which is the lead investigative entity in this case.”
Garner appeared to have been selling individual cigarettes, a minor offense, which led to the confrontation with the police, Bratton has said previously.
The NYPD has come under increased scrutiny following Garner’s death, as has New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Garner, a black man, was subdued by a white officer.
“If Dante wasn’t your son,” Rev. Al Sharpton said to de Blasio this week, “he would be a candidate for a chokehold.”
In a statement Friday, de Blasio called Garner’s death “a tragic incident.”
“My administration will continue to work with all involved authorities, including the Richmond County District Attorney, to ensure a fair and justified outcome,” said de Blasio, who delayed a family vacation following Garner’s death last month.
The Staten Island District Attorney’s office said in a statement to New York Daily News that “the investigation into Mr. Garner’s death continues” and that the office was awaiting the official death certificate and autopsy report.
The U.S. Justice Department is “closely monitoring” the investigation into Garner’s death, Attorney General Eric Holder has said.
[This post has been updated multiple times.]