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Mayor de Blasio promised a “full and thorough investigation”

Two NYPD officers were yanked off the street Friday as cops and the Staten Island district attorneys investigated the stunning death of a suspect placed in a banned chokehold told the Daily News.


Although the police officers were not identified, one had eight years with the NYPD and the other had four years. Both cops were also put on desk duty—a day after Garner’s death.

Eric Garner, 43, was taken down by five NYPD officers outside a Tompkinsville beauty parlor on Thursday.

“Loss of life is always a tragedy,” said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at a City Hall news conference. “Nobody began the day with the expectation it would end the way it did.“So it’s a tragedy … that needs to be totally investigation, with the questions answered,” he continued.

Mayor de Blasio abruptly postponed his departure for a family vacation in Italy, hours before he was scheduled to depart told the Daily News.

He [Mayor de Blasio] sent out his condolences to Garner’s family and promised a “full and thorough investigation.”

Thursday night, hours after the unarmed man’s death, police had already started investigating.

“My office is working along with the NYPD to do a complete and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Garner’s death,” said District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan Jr. in a Friday statement.

Rev. Al Sharpton was also upset about the incident that had occurred on Thursday.

“It’s the most inhumane, insensitive display of disregard for the citizens you’re supposed to protect that I’ve seen in a long time,” Sharpton said.

The NYPD, in its official statement about the deadly incident, said Garner went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center. No criminal charges were filed on Thursday for Garner’s death.


Garner is the married father of six kids and grandfather to two.


Sherley Boursiquot—@sherleybee_