Tuesday, July 14, 2015


The older I get, the more I realize that money isn't everything. Compared to God and family, money is a small factor. I'm not just saying this because I'm blessed or because I enjoy spouting cleches at random. But the fact is, if you don't have peace, money means nothing. Don't get me wrong, The City of New York should give Eric Garners family a sizable settlement. But their emphasis on the monetary amount as if they're doing them a favor along with the reported stipulation that the city will not admitt any wrong doing is disturbing.

New York City reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner on Monday, agreeing to pay $5.9 million to resolve a wrongful-death claim over his killing by the police on Staten Island last July, the city comptroller and a lawyer for the family said.

The agreement was reached a few days before the anniversary of Mr. Garner’s death, headed off one legal battle even as a federal inquiry into the killing and several others at the state and local level remain open and could provide a further accounting of how he died.

Still, the settlement was a pivotal moment in a case that has engulfed the city since the afternoon of July 17, 2014, when two officers approached Mr. Garner as he stood unarmed on a sidewalk, and accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes. One of the officers used a chokehold, long prohibited by the Police Department to subdue him, and that was cited by the medical examiner as a cause of Mr. Garner’s death.


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