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Medics who responded to deadly chokehold arrest suspended

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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 hospital that employs the two EMTs and two paramedics has suspended them without pay pending the outcome of 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.

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.

The man who shot the cell phone video spoke with reporters on Monday about witnessing the deadly incident.

"I was screaming at them to take the cuffs on him. Why they searching him instead of doing CPR on him? Everybody was on top of him," said Ramsey Orta. 

"I honestly feel they were trying to cover it up. We were telling them he’s gone on the spot. They were telling everybody he’s breathing. I see the guys eyes roll back. His arms went straight out like he had a stroke. Cops said 'back up this is a crime and investigation now.' If it was a normal arrest he would have gotten arrested. That’s it. But obviously it was more than an arrest," said Orta.

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