Activist Erica Garner Dies at 27

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Erica Garner, who became a well-known activist after her father, Eric Garner, died in police custody, has died at the age of 27. Garner, 27, had suffered significant brain damage this week after a heart attack, representatives said. "We didn't deserve her", read messages from Garner's Twitter, now operated by a family member. She suffered a massive heart attack last week, suffering brain damage after slipping into a coma while the family continued to rally around her. Her heart was bigger than the world.

She would become a prominent activist in the wake of her father's death, pushing for political change and social justice broadly aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Garner's father, Eric, died in July 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by a New York Police Department officer. His last words were "I can't breathe", which became a slogan for activists.

During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Garner endorsed the bid of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to become the Democratic presidential candidate and slammed the Clinton campaign when leaked emails revealed they were discussing how to use her father's death as political capital.


"Whatever the asthma and the others attacked was a piece of the heart left. What do you want from marching?' He was my father", Garner told NBC News in 2015.

"She was a warrior, she was a fighter and we didn't pull the plug on her", Esaw Snipes, Garner's mother, told the New York Daily News. She died in a NY hospital.

Garner urged unity in the social justice movement and sought to mend fissures and conflicts within it. A jury voted not to indict Pantaleo on criminal charges and he remains on the force.

"Even with my own heartbreak, when I demand justice, it's never just for Eric Garner", she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed previous year endorsing then-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.


In 2016, she met with President Obama after she took to Twitter to express her outrage that she was not given the opportunity to speak with the commander in chief at a town hall in the nation's capital. She also appeared in a campaign commercial for Sen.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called Garner's death a "horrible tragedy".

A few activists recommended the NYPD and its frameworks of energy bore some duty regarding her passing. "We didn't deserve her", the team member wrote on Saturday.

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


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