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'Modified duty' for medics after fatal NYC arrest

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A memorial for Eric Garner rests on the pavement near the site of his death, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. A memorial for Eric Garner rests on the pavement near the site of his death, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City says four emergency workers involved in the medical response to a man who died in police custody have been barred from responding to 911 calls.

The fire department said Sunday two EMTs and two paramedics were placed on "modified duty" pending an investigation into Eric Garner's death.

The 43-year-old died Thursday on Staten Island after a police officer placed him in an apparent chokehold while arresting him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

The fire department says the emergency workers are employed by the hospital where Garner was pronounced dead. The hospital did not respond to requests for comment.

Two officers involved in the arrest have been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation. One of them was stripped of his gun and badge.

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