New York City will pay $5.9 million to the family of Eric Garner, a black man whose death at the hands of a white police officer last year sparked protests over abusive treatment of African-Americans by law enforcement.
New York City's chief financial officer, Comptroller Scott Stringer, announced the agreement Monday, and Mayor Bill de Blasio said he hopes the settlement will bring "some peace and finality" to Garner's family, as the one-year anniversary of his death approaches.
Family members filed a claim asking for $75 million in damages nine months ago. The city's statement said an agreement now "is in the best interest of all parties," and added that the city was not admitting liability in the case. READ MORE OF THIS STORY