The family of Erica Garner, a nationally recognized anti-police brutality activist, confirmed Saturday that she has tragically died after suffering a heart attack. She was just 27 years old. Erica helped lead the struggle for justice for her father, Eric Garner, who was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold in 2014. His final words were “I can’t breathe,” which he repeated 11 times.
Below we feature Erica Garner, in her own words, from her interviews on Democracy Now!
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AMY GOODMAN: In New York City, 27-year-old activist Erica Garner is in a coma after suffering a heart attack. Erica Garner is a nationally recognized anti-police brutality activist who has helped lead the struggle for justice for her father, Eric Garner, who was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold in 2014. His final words, “I can’t breathe,” 11 times. Erica’s mother says her daughter was hospitalized on Saturday after an asthma-induced heart attack. This is Erica Garner, speaking on Democracy Now! last year.
ERICA GARNER: I’ve protested. I’ve spoke on panels. I traveled across this nation. I exhaust all avenues. I even endorsed Bernie Sanders to get my message out. And it’s like we keep having a conversation I exhausted for two years. And, you know, how much talking do we need to have? The Black Lives Matter movement been very compassionate, patient, and basically begging the nation. You know, we are under attack as black people. We are being gunned down every day. And these officers are not being held accountable. And no charges, from Tamir Rice to my dad to Freddie Gray, you know, has been.
AMY GOODMAN: That’s Erica Garner, speaking on Democracy Now! last year. She’s currently in a medically induced coma after suffering an asthma-induced heart attack. She gave birth a few months before.