This might be the first "win," if that's what we can call losing a life and being paid for it, in the crazy, racially empowered killings that have been happening across the country. As of today, the family/estate of Eric Garner received a $5.9 million dollar settlement after they threatened to sue the city of New York for $75 million for a wrongful death lawsuit.
New York City Comptroller, Scott M. Stringer released a statement regarding the settlement which reads:
“Following a judicious review of the claim and facts of this case, my office was able to reach a settlement with the estate of Eric Garner that is in the best interests of all parties. We are all familiar with the events that lead to the death of Eric Garner and the extraordinary impact his passing has had on our City and our nation. It forced us to examine the state of race relations, and the relationship between our police force and the people they serve. While we cannot discuss the details of this settlement, and the City has not admitted liability, I believe that we have reached an agreement that acknowledges the tragic nature of Mr. Garner’s death while balancing my office’s fiscal responsibility to the City.”
I don't think that there could've been a better verdict than this. Something is OBVIOUSLY going wrong in the world if this verdict was reached though. Money isn't worth a life but I am glad that the family has some kind of closure and reconciliation from the case.
Do you think they should've gotten more money or was this a fair settlement?