NYC Council to hold hearings after chokehold death

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council will hold hearings on the NYPD's review of its training programs after the chokehold death of an unarmed Staten Island man.

A spokesman for City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tells The Associated Press the hearing will be held Sept. 8. Police Commissioner William Bratton has agreed to attend.

The NYPD said it would change its training procedures after Garner's death last month.

Garner was confronted by police for allegedly selling loose cigarette when a white officer placed the 43-year-old black man in a prohibited chokehold. Garner died a short time later and the city medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

The Staten Island District Attorney says the case is being sent to a grand jury.

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