Daughter of NYPD chokehold victim dies

Kristopher Drake
December 31, 2017

Erica Garner, the eldest daughter of the late Eric Garner - who died in 2014 after being put in a chokehold by NY police - has died.

Chokeholds are prohibited by the NYPD, and a ruling by the New York City medical examiner found Eric Garner died due to "compression of neck (choke hold)". "It really really was", a tweet posted to her account said.

When Erica Garner gave birth to a son in August, she named him after her father.

Her mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, told the New York Daily News that her daughter's cardiac arrest was triggered by an asthma attack.

- officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 30, 2017When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt. He was selling untaxed cigarettes outside of a gas station when police approached him, after a brief argument with the cops, Pantaleo put him in a chokehold that eventually killed Garner.


Garner became a major force in advocacy and social justice after the death of her father helped ignite the Black Lives Matter Movement following his police-caused death in 2014.

A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo.

Prior to her death, Erica was an outspoken critic of police brutality and state-sanctioned violence following the death of her father in July 2014. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (I).

Rest in peace Erica Garner and thank you for your service. "I have had the privilege of joining with her at a number of events and was deeply impressed with her courage and insights".

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