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NEW YORK — The mother of a New York man who was placed in a chokehold while in police custody says her first words on hearing his death had been ruled a homicide were "Thank you, Jesus."

Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said Saturday she was grateful for the medical examiner's report saying Garner's death was caused by a banned police maneuver.

Carr and other relatives joined the Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem.

Sharpton announced an Aug. 23 march across the Verrazano Bridge between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island to demand justice for Garner.

Garner died July 17 on Staten Island.

His videotaped arrest and final pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked an outcry against the police.

Sharpton says the Staten Island district attorney should now move toward an arrest.

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  • cliffcarson
    August 2, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

    Don't hold your breath Ms. Carr. They have a way of weaseling out of charges. A few years back, a black man was lost one night and happened on to a house where a police party was taking place. When he knocked on the door almost immediately, he realized his mistake. After they almost killed him, the court looked into the case. They couldn't charge the men because of the 15 policemen at the house the victim was unable to identify which one was stomping on his head so hard that he suffered a fractured skull. His lifetime injuries went unpunished. This is just a typical ending when brutalized by the police. He was left with permanent injuries. The two witnesses were assured by the police that if they testified - they would be sorry they did. They testified but the Judge decided that the word of 15 officers was better than those lying witnesses.

    You know, kind of like the Bull Shoals Sheriff case.