Activist Erica Garner, daughter of police chokehold victim, dies after heart attack

Marie Harrington
December 31, 2017

Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner, the daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner, has died after suffering a massive heart attack. "No one gave her justice".

"When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt", according to a tweet Saturday on her Twitter account. Family members gave conflicting reports about her status Thursday.

Erica Garner used her prominence after his death to speak out against police abuse.

Garner became a civil rights activist after video of her father's chokehold death at the hands of a NY police officer went viral and his final words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for police reform activists.

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Ms Garner was a mother-of-two, and had a son in August whom she named after her father.

In December 2014, a grand jury decided not to indict the New York Police Department officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo. The video of the encounter traveled around the world as Garner's last words - "I can't breathe" - became a rallying cry for advocates of policing reform, as stories and videos about the deaths of black men killed by the police continue to draw wide outrage. The city settled out of court with Garner's family for $5.9 million in 2015 but the family insisted it was not a victory and renewed calls for federal charges in the case.

Erica's mother told the Daily News that her daughter's heart attack was brought on by an asthma attack. It was during the pregnancy that she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and suffered her first heart attack shortly after the delivery.

Erica Garner became an outspoken activist.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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