Daughter of Eric Garner dead at 27 following heart attack

Geneva Matthews
December 31, 2017

Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, became an outspoken critic of police brutality after her father's death in 2014. Her death was confirmed by a statement on her verified Twitter account.

Erica Garner has been hospitalized in Brooklyn since Saturday. Erica suffered major brain damage from a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve.

She is said to be remembered as a "human: mother, sister, aunt". She also set up the Garner Way Foundation in her father's honor, which she said she would use to "fight to engage communities all over the world in this struggle through, political awareness, music, arts, and community activism". It really really was. "No one gave her justice", she wrote.

In a video taken by Ramsey Orta, a bystander, Garner could be heard repeatedly telling officers, "I can't breathe". He was selling untaxed cigarettes outside of a gas station when police approached him, after a brief argument with the cops, Pantaleo put him in a chokehold that eventually killed Garner. Erica Garner became a voice for police accountability after his death, criticizing Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio over policing matters. A grand jury declined to indict the officer; the city agreed to pay a $6 million civil settlement.

During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Garner endorsed the bid of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to become the Democratic presidential candidate and slammed the Clinton campaign when leaked emails revealed they were discussing how to use her father's death as political capital.

Rest in peace Erica Garner and thank you for your service. "I have had the privilege of joining with her at a number of events and was deeply impressed with her courage and insights".

"She's not gone, she's brain dead", Garner's heartbroken mother Esaw Snipes explained. "She left on her own terms".

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