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Eric Garner timeline: Tension, reform and where the case stands now

Eric Garner timeline: Tension, reform and where the case stands now

The death of Eric Garner on Staten Island after a police officer grabbed him by the throat in an arm lock that appeared to be an illegal chokehold on July 17, 2014, shook the city and led to calls for the reform of the NYPD. His words caught on video –“I can’t breathe” — became a rallying cry for civil rights activists.

Garner’s name was added to a list of black men who have died in sometimes violent confrontations with police around the country — from Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to Freddie Gray in Baltimore — sparking riots and protests and demands for more police accountability.

Here’s a timeline of the evens surrounding Garner’s death and its repercussions.

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