A $5 million settlement won’t satisfy the heartbroken family of Eric Garner.
A source familiar with ongoing negotiations between Controller Scott Stringer and the family of the Staten Island man killed by an NYPD cop say that his widow, Esaw Garner, turned down the hefty offer last week.
The source said the Garner family’s attorney, Jonathan Moore, is urging the family to accept the $5 million and then seek more money through a separate lawsuit against EMTs from Richmond University Medical Center.
They were captured on video failing to give Garner, 43, medical treatment — neither oxygen nor CPR — as he died at their feet July 17, 2014.
Negotiations are expected to continue until Friday, when a statute of limitations requires the family file a wrongful death lawsuit. The family has said it intends to sue the city for $75 million.
The $5 million offer would have been one of the largest wrongful death settlements stemming from a killing by NYPD cops.
Moore declined comment Sunday. Esaw Garner refused to talk about the negotiations, as did a spokesman for Stringer.
But last week Esaw Garner told the Daily News she is disgusted by the U.S. justice system. A Staten Island grand jury opted not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo last year, triggering protests around the country.
“It seems like because they didn’t prosecute the officers on Staten Island, all the other officers were like, ‘Hell. We’ll get away with it. Let’s just do it again,’” she said, reflecting on the recent wave of police killings of unarmed black men across the country.
But one civil rights lawyer not involved in the case said the offer was a good one.
“In the gamut of wrongful death cases it’s a very substantial offer,” the lawyer said.
The lawyer noted that wrongful death settlements are sometimes perceived as being low, but that the law restricts the amount that can be recovered. Settlements are quantified by calculating the victim’s conscious pain and suffering, as well as loss of family income.
“The conscious pain and suffering (in the Garner case) was probably about a minute,” the lawyer said.
Garner was known to cops for selling loose cigarettes — a hustle that likely didn’t yield big bucks.