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The Call Blog: Eric Garner's Family To Meet With Federal Investigators

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The Staten Island District Attorney's office is the lead investigator in the death of Eric Garner. In addition, the NYPD's Internal Affairs division is looking into the actions of several officers who were involved in subduing the 43-year-old for allegedly selling individual cigarettes last week. And tomorrow, Garner's family members are meeting with the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn to push for a federal investigation.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said earlier this week that he met with investigators from the FBI, and he would "not be surprised" if the U.S. Attorney decides to open a civil rights investigation. Violations of federal law occur when it can be shown that police officers used force that was willfully "unreasonable or excessive." What do you say?

What should the punishment be for the officers involved in Eric Garner's death, if any? Should they face criminal charges, internal departmental discipline, and/or federal civil rights charges? Do you think the use of force to subdue Garner was unreasonable or excessive?

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