New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on Tuesday announced a pre-litigation settlement claim for $5.9 million with the estate of Eric Garner for damages related to his death in July of 2014.
“Following a judicious review of the claim and facts of this case, my office was able to reach a settlement with the estate of Eric Garner that is in the best interests of all parties,” Stringer said.
Under the New York City Charter, the comptroller has the authority to settle any claims against the City.
“We are all familiar with the events that lead to the death of Eric Garner and the extraordinary impact his passing has had on our City and our nation. It forced us to examine the state of race relations, and the relationship between our police force and the people they serve,” he said.
“While we cannot discuss the details of this settlement, and the City has not admitted liability, I believe that we have reached an agreement that acknowledges the tragic nature of Mr. Garner’s death while balancing my office’s fiscal responsibility to the City.”