Erica Garner, daughter of police chokehold victim, Eric Garner, dies following heart attack at age 27.
Erica Garner, who became an outspoken critic of police brutality following her father’s death on Staten Island in 2014, suffered major brain damage from a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve.
Her mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, said her daughter went into cardiac arrest during an asthma attack and had since been in a coma.
Snipes-Garner says her daughter suffered her first heart attack not long after giving birth to a baby boy in August. Doctors said the pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged.
In 2014, her father, Eric Garner, who was black, was stopped on Staten Island for selling untaxed cigarettes and died after a white police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, subdued him with a chokehold. A grand jury declined to indict the officer; the city agreed to pay a $6 million civil settlement.
Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for activists and outraged citizens.
“The police killed her unarmed, nonviolent father with an illegal chokehold and got off with nary a word,” Brittany Packnett, a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement and co-founder of Campaign Zero, said on Twitter. “Erica had to fight for justice. Then for her own life. She didn’t deserve this. Her father didn’t deserve this. Her family doesn’t deserve this. All this for being Black in America. I can’t.”
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She didn’t only die of heart failure. Her heart had been broken when her father was killed in 2014. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Erica Garner would forever be remembered in our hearts.