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Emotional NY rally held for man's in-custody death

July 19, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of a New York City man who died in police custody after an officer used an apparent chokehold has burst into tears at a rally held in his honor.

Esaw Garner was overcome by emotion Saturday at a rally held at the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters in Harlem.

Sharpton says Eric Garner's death will test the New York Police Department's relationship with the black community.

Police say the 43-year-old Garner, who was black, suffered a heart attack Thursday during a struggle to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.

Video obtained by the Daily News shows an officer using an apparent chokehold to bring down the 6-foot-3, 350-pound man.

The tactic is prohibited by departmental policy.

Prosecutors and internal affairs detectives are investigating.



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