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Civil Rights Archives

City Reaches $5.9 Million Settlement With Family of Eric Garner

On Monday, July 13th, New York City reached a settlement in the amount of $5.9 million with the family of Eric Garner, due to his wrongful death on July 17, 2014 after being put into a chokehold by a police officer. The death of Garner gained national attention in December of 2014 when the officer responsible for putting Garner in the chokehold was not indicted by a grand jury.

Rash of Police Brutality Can Lead To Civil Claims

In the wake of the tragic deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island and 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police departments have come under heavy scrutiny for their policies and procedures regarding the use of force during the course of performing their jobs.