Push for charges in NYC police chokehold death


NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers enraged by a man's death in police custody say officers involved should face criminal charges after a medical examiner's ruling blamed a prohibited chokehold.

The city's medical examiner said Friday that Garner was killed by neck compressions from the chokehold and "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police."

Garner's neighbor Charlene Thomas says the police killed somebody and shouldn't get away with it.

A friend of Garner's who videotaped the police confrontation says the medical examiner's ruling isn't surprising.

Ramsey Orta says now somebody should get charged.

Asthma, heart disease and obesity were listed as contributing factors in the 43-year-old Garner's death.

Garner's arrest and pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked outrage and led to the overhaul of the NYPD's use-of-force training.

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