City Of New York Reaches $5.9 Million Settlement With Eric Garner’s Family
Well, that was a quick turn around. Just hours after rejecting a $5 million settlement from the city of New York over the brutal police killing of Eric Garner, the family has accepted the slightly higher $5.9 million settlement instead of pushing for the $75 million they initially stated they were after. Via New York Times:
New York City reached a settlement on Monday with the family of Eric Garner, agreeing to pay $5.9 million to resolve the claim over his killing by the police last July on Staten Island, according to a lawyer representing the family.
The agreement, reached days before the deadline to file suit in the death, appeared to be among the biggest reached so far as part of a strategy by the city comptroller, Scott C. Stringer, to settle major civil rights claims even before a lawsuit is filed. Mr. Stringer has said the aim is to save taxpayers the expense of a drawn-out trial and to give those bringing the suits and their families a measure of closure.
Jonathan C. Moore, the lawyer for Mr. Garner’s family, said the city had until Friday, the anniversary of the death, to come to an agreement. If none had been reached, a suit would have been filed.
“The City of New York has agreed to pay $5.9 million to resolve the Garner case,” Mr. Moore said.
The settlement was reached even as several inquiries into Mr. Garner’s death were still pending, including investigations by the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the Civilian Complaint Review Board and state health officials, who are looking into the actions of emergency medical responders in treating Mr. Garner.
The Police Department has concluded its internal investigation but has yet to say whether any officers would be disciplined.
Do you think the family made the right decision to accept this settlement?