Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody

NEW YORK (AP) - An overflow crowd is packing a New York church for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.

Eric Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the service Wednesday evening at Brooklyn's Bethel Baptist Church with a mix of solemn prayer and an organ-backed gospel medley.

An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week on Staten Island. Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!"

Autopsy results are pending.

One officer has been stripped of his gun and badge pending an investigation. Another has been placed on desk duty. Two paramedics and two EMTs have been placed on modified duty.

The police department vows to retrain its officers.


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