- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The president of New York City’s Sergeants Benevolent Association on Monday called police chokehold victim Eric Garner a criminal and slammed the city’s $5.9 million settlement with his family as “obscene” and “shameful.”

“Mr. Garner’s family should not be rewarded simply because he repeatedly chose to break the law and resist arrest,” Ed Mullins told The New York Post.

“Where is the justice for New York taxpayers? Where is the consistency in the civil system?” he asked. “In my view, the city has chosen to abandon its fiscal responsibility to all of its citizens and genuflect to the select few who curry favor with the city government.”

In announcing the record-breaking settlement, city Comptroller Scott Stringer stressed the “extraordinary impact” Garner’s death had on the nation, The Post reported.

“It forced us to examine the state of race relations, and the relationship between our police force and the people they serve,” he said.

Garner, 43, died in July 2014 after an NYPD officer subdued him with an arm around the neck during an arrest.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, has not been charged, although a federal investigation is ongoing.

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