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Eric Garner chokehold death

People stand next to a makeshift memorial where Eric Garner died during an arrest in July in Staten Island borough of New York

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The New York Police Department and an independent agency tasked with investigating excessive force claims are inconsistent in determining how and when officers are held accountable for using prohibited chokeholds, according to a report being released Monday by the city's new inspector general for police.

The review comes in the wake of the July death of Eric Garner and is the first report issued by the inspector general, Philip K. Eure. The report does not include the Garner case, which had been under criminal investigation until a grand jury declined to indict the officer, because the watchdog agency, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, has not made any determinations on the case.

The review recommends increased collaboration between the NYPD and the review board to streamline investigations and ensure consistencies. (AP)

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