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The Latest: Garner’s relatives cry as arrest video is played

Eric Garner’s sister left a New York City courtroom wailing as a video was played showing the 2014 arrest that led to his death.

Garner’s mother also left in tears Monday. The video was played as the man who took it testified at the disciplinary hearing for Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY’-oh).

Garner was the unarmed black man whose pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality.

Pantaleo’s lawyer, Stuart London, said in an opening statement that the officer is being made a scapegoat in a politically charged atmosphere.

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A defence lawyer says the New York City police officer accused of using a banned chokehold in the July 2014 death of Eric Garner is being made a scapegoat in a politically charged atmosphere.

Attorney Stuart London spoke Monday at the disciplinary hearing for Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY’-oh).

Garner was the unarmed black man whose pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality.

London says it’s a misconception that the phrase was uttered when the officer’s hands were around Garner’s neck. He says it happened when officers were trying to handcuff Garner.
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