NYC Council to hold hearings after chokehold death

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: An activist makes signs in preparation for a planned protest and rally against police brutality in memory of Eric Garner August 22, 2014 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City. Thousands of marchers are expected for the afternoon rally which will be attended by the family of Michael Brown and the Reverend Al Sharpton among others. Eric Garner, 43, died while he was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes in front of a bodega and was put into a chokehold during a confrontation with police. An investigation is pending and the police officer who allegedly used the illegal chokehold has been placed on modified duty. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (Spencer Platt, 2014 Getty Images)
Staten Island Neighborhood Where Eric Garner Was Killed By Police Prepares for Saturday's Protest (Spencer Platt, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/27 12:54 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council will hold hearings on the NYPD's review of its training programs after the chokehold death of an unarmed Staten Island man.

A spokesman for City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tells The Associated Press the hearing will be held Sept. 8. Police Commissioner William Bratton has agreed to attend.

The NYPD said it would change its training procedures after Garner's death last month.

Garner was confronted by police for allegedly selling loose cigarette when a white officer placed the 43-year-old black man in a prohibited chokehold. Garner died a short time later and the city medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

The Staten Island District Attorney says the case is being sent to a grand jury.


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