Tuesday 17 July 2018

Daughter of key Black Lives Matter figure Eric Garner dies aged 27

Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner (Amanda Meyers/AP)
Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner (Amanda Meyers/AP)

The daughter of key Black Lives Matter figure Eric Garner has died after a week-long 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 Erica Garner, 27, at a New York hospital.

Ms 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 six million dollar (£4.4 million) civil settlement.

Mr Garner's last words, "I can't breathe," became a slogan for activists.

Erica Garner became a voice for police accountability after his death, criticising Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio over policing matters.

In 2016, she campaigned on behalf of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, for president.

Her mother Esaw Snipes told The New York Times previously that Ms Garner, who gave birth four months ago, had learned during the pregnancy that she had heart problems.

Ms Snipes said Ms Garner had a heart attack after an asthma episode and was placed in a medically induced coma.

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