Erica, his oldest daughter, came to play a major part in that movement, staging frequent "die ins" at the spot in Staten Island where her father died, making many media appearances, and often marching against police brutality.
He was selling loose cigarettes on the sidewalk outside a store at the time. Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed Garner in an unlawful chokehold; after being lowered to the ground, Garner was restrained by several officers.
A video of Eric Garner, in a police chokehold complaining he could not breathe, sparked national protests. NYPD officers later called an ambulance for Garner after noticing his breathing difficulty, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner, the daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner, has died after suffering a massive heart attack. Months prior, doctors discovered that Erica had an enlarged heart following the birth of her son. In 2016, she campaigned on behalf of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, for president. "It's for my daughter; it's for the next generation of African Americans". "We didn't deserve her", read messages from Garner's Twitter, now operated by a family member.
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Garner urged unity in the social justice movement and sought to mend fissures and conflicts within it. Her death was confirmed by a statement on her verified Twitter account. She cared when most people wouldn't have.
The account refuted a "rest in peace" message from Brooklyn city Councilman Jumaane Williams who prematurely reported her death.
Erica Garner, 27, had been fighting for her life since she suffered a massive heart attack a week ago, family members told the Daily News Thursday. In June, Eric Garner's family met with DOJ officials for updates about their investigation. In a series of tweets after the meeting, Erica Garner again stressed that she wanted to see progress on the investigation. A jury voted not to indict Pantaleo on criminal charges and he remains on the force. Our founding documents declared Black people property, three-fifths of the white men who used violence to enforce their will.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, in announcing Garner's death Saturday, says she fought for justice and was "a warrior to the end". "She left on her own terms". The mother of two had remained on life support Thursday morning.