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Garner Family to Receive $1M From Hospital

The New York hospital center that dispatched paramedics and treated Eric Garner as he died after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer will pay $1 million to his family.

Richmond University Medical Center reached a confidential settlement with the family. It is not part of the $5.9 million agreement announced by the city in July.

The figure was disclosed in court documents filed in Surrogate’s Court on Staten Island.

Garner, a 43-year-old Black man, died during an encounter with police on July 17, 2014. Video of the arrest showed him yelling, “I can’t breathe!” after Officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped his arm around Garner’s neck as he was wrestled to the ground for selling loose cigarettes.

Emergency workers arrived after officers called 911 and said that Garner, who appeared to be unconscious, was breathing. They did not perform CPR on him.

“The E.M.T.s did not conduct the appropriate examination” of Mr. Garner at the scene and “failed to provide him with the necessary lifesaving procedures,” according to the court documents.

Hospital records state that Garner went into cardiac arrest on the stretcher. Medics attempted to resuscitate him in the ambulance and doctors performed CPR in the emergency room. Garner was declared dead by 4:45 p.m.

The figure is the maximum claim allowed under the hospital center’s liability insurance policy, according to court papers.

The hospital center had no comment on the settlement, according to William Smith, a spokesman. Mr. Garner’s lawyers did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Read more at New York Times.