Erica Garner dies; fought police brutality after dad's death
31 December, 2017, 03:02 | Author: Katrina Soto
Garner, 27, had been hospitalized following a heart attack on December 24.
Erica Garner, who became a civil rights activist against police brutality after the death of her father in 2014, has died aged 27. She noted, in the same interview, that Kalief Browder's mother died of a broken heart.
Erica is survived by her two children, a daughter and a son, her mother, her two sisters, her two brothers, and her grandmother. Atlanta Black Star will be doing a more extensive piece to shine a light on the extensive work Garner has done and her legacy as an activist. News reports conflicted between the family of whether Garner was brain dead beyond fix or suffered brain damage with hopes of recovery. She was good. She only pursued right, no matter what.
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. He added that her family did not remove her from life support.
Following her father's death, Garner led marches in NY and elsewhere, drawing attention to the plight of African-Americans who've been victims of police brutality.
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A New York City medical examiner said the cause of death was homicide caused by Pantaleo's "compression" of Garner's chest. "What do you want from marching?' He was my father", Garner told NBC News in 2015.
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