Eric Garner was a man who suffered from acute and chronic bronchial asthma and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. He was approached by the New York Police for suspicion of selling illegal cigarettes. When Garner asserted his innocence, police officers forced his head down to the ground so he could not breathe. Even when he stated he could not breathe 11 times, the police did not let him go until he lost consciousness. They then did not do CPR on him. He died an hour later. The police were not indicted for his murder. The family did settle a lawsuit against the police for $5.9 million.