Esaw Garner, center, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner on Saturday in New York.
Garner, 43, died Thursday, during an arrest in Staten Island, when a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a chokehold, a tactic prohibited by NYPD policy, while several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs.
On Saturday, the Rev. Al Sharpton rallied with the family of Garner, whose arrest was captured on a cellphone video that has sparked outrage among some community members, NBC New York reported.
Authorities said Saturday that the officer involved in the chokehold, Officer Daniel Pantaleo, was placed on modified duty pending further investigation.
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Ellisha Flagg, sister of Eric Garner, speaks beside his wife Esaw Garner, left, during a service at the Mount Sinai Center for Community Enrichment for Eric Garner, July 19 in the Staten Island borough of New York.
First published July 19 2014, 7:00 PM