New York City has settled a claim with Eric Garner’s family for $5.9 million in an effort by city officials to head off a full-blown lawsuit.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday announced the pre-litigation settlement in relation to the 43-year-old’s chokehold death in NYPD custody last July. The move is a strategy by Stringer’s office to save taxpayers the expense of a costly trial and provide closure to the victims’ families, according to The New York Times.
Earlier on Monday, several outlets reported that Garner’s widow had previously rejected a $5 million settlement offer from the city.
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