United States civil rights activist Erica Garner dies at 27

01 January, 2018, 09:33 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Erica Garner has turned personal tragedy into a platform for activism

Erica Garner, whose father Eric Garner died in 2014 after being put in a chokehold by police, has died at the age of 27.

Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, who was killed after a chokehold by an NYPD officer, asks to speak with President Barack Obama outside the studio during a town hall in Washington, D.C. Erica Garner died Saturday after a heart attack one week ago. We didn't deserve her.

Erica Garner was initially apprehensive about becoming a face of the movement for police accountability, according to her website.

The woman's father, Eric Garner, died after a white NYPD police officer put Garner, who is black, in a chokehold while arresting him on Staten Island in 2014.

- officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 30, 2017When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt. She was good. She only pursued right, no matter what.

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"I'm struggling right now with the stress and everything", she said. Eric Garner's death was ruled a homicide.

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Ms Snipes said Ms Garner had a heart attack after an asthma episode and was placed in a medically induced coma.

Garner's death helped spark the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

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. "The police are killing our people - that's reason enough not to fight amongst ourselves", she wrote.

She went into cardiac arrest Saturday night after suffering an asthma attack, the family said in media interviews and social media.

"She was a warrior, she was a fighter, and we didn't pull the plug on her", Snipes, Garner's mother, told the New York Daily News.

Jaclyn Rothenberg, a spokeswoman for de Blasio, previously told Newsweek that the department had attempted to start training much earlier, but "unfortunately, it's taken us longer than we hoped". In a series of tweets after the meeting, Erica Garner again stressed that she wanted to see progress on the investigation.

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