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Family and Friends to Mourn Eric Garner at Funeral

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Family and friends are gathering today to say a final goodbye to Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died last week as police tried to arrest him.

And the funeral comes as NYPD officials are taking a closer look at the department's procedures.

According to the Daily News, the NYPD's new inspector general, Philip Eure, is reviewing the use of banned chokeholds over the past five years.

The department barred chokeholds in 1993, but the Civilian Complaint Review Board has substantiated 10 chokehold complaints since 2009.

Video of Garner's attempted arrest appears to show plainclothes officer Daniel Pantaleo putting him in a chokehold.

Garner later died of cardiac arrest, but the city Medical Examiner says a cause of death is pending further study.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is promising a full review of NYPD training procedures.

"I would anticipate that coming out of this effort that there will be a retraining of every member of the New York City police department in the weeks month and potential years ahead," said Bratton.

A march and rally were held Tuesday in Tompkinsville, where Garner died.

About a hundred people marched to the nearby police station, where they held a candlelight vigil in Garner's memory.

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