Daughter of Eric Garner suffers major brain damage in heart attack

29 December, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Garner who turned an activist after her 43-year-old father Eric Garner

Twenty-seven-year-old Erica Garner's mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, said her daughter went into cardiac arrest during an asthma attack and has since been in a coma.

Relatives and friends rushed to Woodhull Hospital Thursday to visit Erica Garner, who became an outspoken critic of police brutality after her father's death in 2013. In 2014, Garner was killed in Staten Island by NYPD officers who put him into a chokehold while arresting him under the suspicion of selling single loose cigarettes.

A tweet Wednesday on Erica Garner's Twitter account, which has 35,000 followers, said a CAT scan found she suffered brain damage "from lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest".

Snipes-Garner told the Daily News that Garner suffered an asthma-induced heart attack on Saturday night.

Earlier this month, in an interview on the webshow Like it or Not, she talked about the physical toll that organizing and activism can take.

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Massive protests were held across the country to register anger over the grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man.

"I want our young people, especially our protesters that's putting [their] bodies on the line to bring racial issues to the forefront, to know that their vote matters", she said. The chokehold Eric was put in by officer Daniel Pantaleo lasted anywhere from 15 to 19 seconds.

In August Garner, 27, gave birth to a boy named for her late father.

Eric Garner's oldest daughter, Erica, was a major force behind protests for justice for her father. In 2015, the Garner family settled a civil wrongful death suit with the city for $5.9m.



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