July 17: Eric Garner dies on Staten Island after being put in a chokehold by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who stopped Garner on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes. 

July 18: NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo gets desk duty and surrenders gun and shield. Another unnamed officer is taken off of patrol duty. 

Aug. 1: The city’s medical examiner rules Garner’s death a homicide caused by a chokehold. Bronchial asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease also contributed to his death. 

Aug. 23: Thousands attend a Staten Island march organized by Rev. Al Sharpton to protest the deaths of Garner, and Michael Brown in Ferguson. 

Oct. 7: Garner family files suit against the city through Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, asking for $75 million in compensation. 

Dec. 3: The NYPD launches body camera program for police officers. A Staten Island grand jury declines to indict Pantaleo in Garner’s death, setting off a night and weeks of protests. After the decision, Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about having frank conversations with his own son, Dante de Blasio, about “train[ing]” him “how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.” After the decision, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch calls Pantaleo a “model” police officer

Dec. 13: Thousands march through Manhattan in the Millions March. After the march ended at 1 Police Plaza, Baruch College instructor, Eric Linsker, was arrested for allegedly assaulting two police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Dec. 20: NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos are shot and killed as they sit in the back of their police car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The alleged gunman, Ismaiyyl Brinsley, commits suicide after the murder. Social media activity shows that he intended to avenge the deaths of Garner and Michael Brown in Ferguson. Mayor Bill de Blasio calls for the end of protests until after the officers had been laid to rest.  

Dec. 27: Many police officers turn their back on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he delivers the eulogy for Officer Ramos and the tension continues between City Hall and the NYPD. 


Jan 19: Thousands march in peaceful protests to celebrate MLK Day and remember Garner and other people of color killed by police.  

March 7: March from Manhattan to Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge remembers 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma. 

March 19: Justice William Garnett denies request to release secret grand jury proceedings in Pantaleo case. 

July 8: Gov. Andrew Cuomo names NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman special prosecutor assigned with investigating cases where a police officer kills an unarmed civilian, or when there is a question if a civilian is armed and dangerous, for a one-year term. 

July 13: City of New York agrees to pay Garner family $5.9 million to settle wrongful-death claim. The family originally sought $75 million.  

July 17: The date marks the first anniversary of Garner’s death, and the family says die-ins and other events are planned to remember Garner across the city. 

July 18: A rally to demand the Department of Justice to investigate Garner’s death is planned for 12 p.m. outside the U.S. District Court in downtown Brooklyn.