NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) is defending the medical examiner's ruling about a man who died in police custody.
Eric Garner, a 43-year-old asthmatic man, died last month on Staten Island. The medical examiner ruled last week the death was a homicide and caused by a choke hold.
The head of the rank-and-file police union, Patrick Lynch, said today that the ruling was "political." He disputed the choke-hold findings.
De Blasio said a short time later that he believed the medical examiner was "the gold standard."
The Staten Island district attorney is investigating the death.
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