Two years after the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement and one year after Eric Garner died in police custody after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer, New York City and the NYPD have reached a $5.9 million settlement with Garner's family over the incident.
According to NBC, Monday's settlement didn't include the city accepting liability for 43-year-old Garner's death -- which was ruled a homicide. But New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a statement that it does "acknowledge the tragic nature of Mr. Garner's death while balancing my office's fiscal responsibility to the City."
Garner's family filed a $75 million civil lawsuit against the city and the NYPD in October over the videotaped incident, in which Garner was seen being put in a chokehold by an officer after cops accused him of selling loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street. The decision not to indict the officer in the case sparked outrage and launched the mantra, "I can't breathe," after the urgent message Garner gave police 11 times in the video seen nearly 3 million times to date.
Reaction to the settlement was a mix of relief, puzzlement and renewed anger.