NYC police union chief denies officers used chokehold on man who died

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Posted: Aug 05, 2014 11:26 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The president of New York City's main police union on Tuesday denied arresting officers had used a chokehold on a Staten Island man who later died.

"This was not a chokehold," Pat Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, told a press conference, referring to the July 17 incident in which Eric Garner, accused of selling illegal cigarettes on a Staten Island street, died after a scuffle with police.

"It was bringing a person to the ground, which we're trained to do, to put him under arrest. It was not a chokehold," he said.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Barbara Goldberg)