Activist Erica Garner Dies at 27

Jan 02, 2018, 06:21
Activist Erica Garner Dies at 27

On July 17th 2014, Eric Garner was killed after police officers, who were arresting him for selling cigarettes, put him in a chokehold.

Garner was also known for her critiques of politicians, including Barack Obama, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The reports are real.

We send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to her friends and family during this time.

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After fighting for her life for approximately one week after suffering from a severe heart attack, Erica Garner has passed away at the tender age of 27.

The Rev. Al Sharptontold NBC New York that Garner died of natural causes Saturday morning at Woodhull Hospital while surrounded by her family. "The police are killing our people - that's reason enough not to fight amongst ourselves", she wrote. She was good. She only pursued right, no matter what.

Stick with CBSNewYork for more on this breaking story. A Justice Department probe into Garner's death has yet to conclude. News of her hospitalization and Saturday passing prompted an outpouring of support from high profile progressive activists and politicians, including Vermont Sen.

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Even as Garner pressed politicians and law enforcement officials to hold the police accountable for her father's death, she was emphatic that her personal tragedy was also a public one. "It really really was", a tweet posted to her account said.

That is why when Erica Garner's son was born in August, she named him after her father.

Garner was the daughter of NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner, whose death fueled the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Donovan was the distict attorney when a grand jury declined to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in connection with her father's death. In September, the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board recommended the NYPD discipline Pantaleo because he used a banned chokehold while trying to arrest Garner. Garner also spoke in a 2016 presidential campaign advertisement. "What do you want from marching?' He was my father", Garner told NBC News in 2015.

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