An expert forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown will also take a look at the final autopsy report for Eric Garner.
The Staten Island man died after being put in an illegal chokehold by New York police on July 17.
Attorney Sanford Rubenstein said Dr. Michael Baden is scheduled to look at Garner’s autopsy report on Friday. He will also look at all microscopic slides, all organs and tissues that the city medical examiner’s office has.
The New York City Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the review and said such an action was routine.
Rubenstein said Baden was expected to discuss his findings with the news media after the review was concluded.
Garner, who was an asthmatic father of six, died as police were trying to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.
A cellphone video of the incident shows an officer placing his arm around Garner’s neck as he takes him down to the ground. Garner, who is refusing to be handcuffed, can be heard saying repeatedly in the video, “I can’t breathe!”
The Medical Examiner’s office ruled Garner’s death a homicide, and blamed the officer’s chokehold as well as chest and neck compressions “during physical restraint by police” as the means of murder.
Asthma, heart disease and obesity were also contributing factors to Garner’s death. Check back for updates.
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