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6 Democrats: Feds should look into chokehold death

August 14, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Members of New York's congressional delegation want the Department of Justice to investigate the death of a man placed in a police chokehold and the law enforcement strategy known as Broken Windows.

The six Democrats say black and Latino communities are disproportionately affected by the Broken Windows tactic of going after small crimes to help stop bigger ones.

An autopsy showed black Staten Island resident Eric Garner died of a chokehold. Police suspected him of selling untaxed cigarettes.

A letter sent Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder is signed by Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Gregory Meeks, Charles Rangel, Jose Serrano and Nydia Velazquez.

Garner's death has been the biggest test of Mayor Bill de Blasio's (dih BLAH'-zee-ohz) first year in office. The mayor has vowed to support police but pledged to help communities that feel mistreated.

 
 

 

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