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Furious New Yorkers are calling for criminal charges after a man’s death in a police chokehold was ruled a homicide.

USA Today

Natalie Diblasio

August 3, 2014

“They killed somebody,” neighbor Charlene Thomas said. “Why? Because they’re cops, they gotta get away with this?”

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