Erica Garner dies; fought po­lice bru­tal­ity

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NATION/POLITICS -

NEW YORK — The daugh­ter of key Black Lives Mat­ter fig­ure Eric Garner died Satur­day af­ter a week­long hos­pi­tal stay fol­low­ing a heart at­tack.

“She was a war­rior to the end. She stood up for jus­tice for her fa­ther,” the Rev. Al Sharp­ton said in an­nounc­ing the death of Garner, 27, at a New York hos­pi­tal.

Garner’s of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count, run by her fam­ily and friends since she be­came ill, asked that she be re­mem­bered as a mother, daugh­ter, sis­ter and aunt with a heart “big­ger than the world.”

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 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 slo­gan for ac­tivists.

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