The case of a Black New York man whose videotaped death made “I can’t breathe” a rallying cry against brutality is the subject of a judicial inquiry.

Eric Garner, an asthmatic from Staten Island, died in 2014 after police asked if he was selling illegal cigarettes, ambushed him and pressed his face to the sidewalk in a chokehold.

Several police officers involved in the incident were scheduled to testify starting Monday in a judicial inquiry. The officers will be among a dozen witnesses.

The purpose of the hearing is to lend more transparency to the case, which has been shrouded in secrecy, The New York Times reports. The Garner family previously reached a settlement with the city and the primary officer involved was fired from the NYPD. 

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