NYC hospital to pay $1M to family of Eric Garner

A demonstrator holds a sign bearing the likeness of Eric Garner and Michael Brown before a march to protest the death of Garner, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The city medical examiner ruled that Garner, 43, died as a result of a police chokehold during an attempted arrest. The march was led by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Court records obtained by The Associated Press show that a New York City hospital has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of Eric Garner, the man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer.

Richmond University Medical Center dispatched the paramedics to the scene of the botched arrest.

The settlement was confidential, but the amount of the payment was disclosed in court documents filed in Surrogate’s Court on Staten Island.

Garner repeatedly told officers he couldn’t breathe as he was being subdued.

The emergency technicians who responded were suspended without pay but have since been reinstated.

The hospital had no comment on the settlement.

The agreement wasn’t part of a $5.9 million settlement announced by the city in July over Garner’s death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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