(NEW YORK) — The Richmond County District Attorney and New York Police Department Internal Affairs are investigating after a man was killed while being taken into custody by NYPD officers on Thursday.
Police attempted to take Eric Garner, 43, into custody on Thursday on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes, the New York Daily News reports. The arrest was reportedly caught on tape, and one of the officers may have used a chokehold on Garner, a method of apprehension that is barred by the NYPD.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a Friday statement, expressed his “deepest condolences” to Garner’s family, citing the responsibility of the mayor and the NYPD to “keep every New Yorker safe, and that includes when individuals are in custody of the NYPD.”
Mayor de Blasio also announced he would delay travel plans to Saturday to allow him to attend to “city business,” which an official tells ABC News involves the incident.
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