Ex-police officer involved in University Heights man's death released from prison

A former police officer from the Bronx who was involved in a University Heights man's death more than a decade ago was released from prison Friday. Anthony Baez's mother says she cannot believe that Francis Livoti, who she blames for killing her son, has been released from prison. According to police, on December 22, 1994, Baez, 29, was playing football with his brothers outside his mother's house when the ball hit Livoti?s police car. Livoti arrested one of Baez?s brothers for disturbing the peace. Baez protested the arrest and then resisted his own arrest. Livoti put Baez in a chokehold and he later died. Livoti was acquitted of criminally negligent homicide, but he was convicted of violating Baez?s civil rights. He was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. Since her son's death, Baez has rallied against police brutality. She also founded the Anthony Baez Foundation, which helps victims of police misconduct deal with the legal system.

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