Daughter of NYPD chokehold victim dies
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 31, 2017,
Dec 31, 2017, 0:50
His death, which was caught on camera as he repeated the phrase "I can't breathe", became one of the most important events in the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 27-year-old activist suffered a heart attack last week and fell into a coma before passing away on Saturday morning. "She was a warrior, she was a fighter and we didn't pull the plug on her", said Esaw Snipes.
"Whatever the asthma and the others attacked was a piece of the heart left".
Video of the occurrence indicates New York Police officer Daniel Pantaleo handling Garner from behind and taking him to the ground utilizing an office restricted strangle hold.
Erica Garner, an activist for social justice and the eldest daughter of the man who died from a police choke hold in NY in 2014, died on Saturday morning days after suffering a heart attack, her mother Esaw Snipes said. Eric Garner, who was 43, was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
"Many will say that Erica died of a heart attack, but that's only partially true because her heart was already broken when she couldn't get justice for her father", he said. "What do you want from marching?' He was my father", Garner told NBC News in 2015. A Justice Department civil rights investigation into the case is ongoing.
Garner endorsed Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president, and she campaigned for the senator from Vermont. "It's for my daughter; it's for the next generation of African Americans". I am petitioning God for her family, who have just experienced to such an extent.
Garner urged unity in the social justice movement and sought to mend fissures and conflicts within it. She was a real activist, she was always involved. The person running her popular Twitter account told Garner's 35,000 followers Wednesday that a CT scan revealed that she had suffered brain damage "from lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest".
A few months later, Erica staged a "die-in" on the same Staten Island N.Y. corner where her father was placed in an illegal chokehold and died.
Some activists suggested the NYPD and its systems of power bore some responsibility for her death.
De Blasio called Garner's death a "horrible tragedy" in a tweet. Garner's official Twitter account, run by her family and friends since she became ill, asked that she be remembered as a mother, daughter, sister and aunt with a heart "bigger than the world".
"It's just sad to see her laying there and not the active Erica that we know", Sharpton said. A jury voted not to indict Pantaleo on criminal charges and he remains on the force. No amendment has truly written us into humanity, and it's clear from the state of our prisons and jails that we are not yet free.