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Eric Garner Family gets $1million compensation after paramedic neglect

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(Common Dreams)

The family of Eric Garner, a black 43 years old father of six have been paid a compensation of $1million by a New York hospital after his death resulting from a neglect by paramedics who thought he was still alive while being arrested.

He died after he was put in a chokehold by a white police officer, in the process he repeatedly shouted, "I can't breathe".

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Police officers checking Garner's pulse

(Daily Mail)


The Daily Mail reports that paramedics from the Richmond Hospital were dispatched to the scene, but failed to give him medical attention because they thought he was alive despite appeals from onlookers.

A worker with the EMS service attempted to speak with Garner when he said, 'Sir, it's EMS. We're here to help you. We're getting the stretcher, all right?', but this followed no response from the unconscious man.

Hospital records revealed within the court documents show Garner went into cardiac arrest on the stretcher.

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Eric Garner as he was pinned to the ground

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This incident has sparked further rage in an American society that has seen widespread violence by white police officer against black suspects.

A court ruling on the matter stated that, "The EMTS did not conduct the appropriate examination' of Garner and 'failed to provide him with the necessary life-saving procedures,"

Two paramedics and two emergency technicians who were on hand to give medical attention Garner while he was being arrested were suspended without pay but have since been reinstated.

Garner died from a chokehold by officer, Daniel Pantaleo while others officers pinned him to the ground.

Garner's death was ruled a homicide by the city medical examiner, who said police killed him by compressing his neck and chest as they restrained him for selling loose cigarettes. 

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