Many people may remember the name “Eric Garner” following his tragic death in 2014. An NYPD officer attempted to arrest 43-year-old Garner after wrongfully accusing him of being armed when he was fiddling with his cigarettes. Garner refused arrest, so the officer placed him in a chokehold and pulled him to the ground.
Garner and the officer were filmed on a cell phone, showing Garner saying “I can’t breathe” several times, reported NBC News. Garner sadly died at the hospital later that day.
This was one of many cases involving police brutality, specifically against unarmed black men. Fighting against police brutality plays a large part in the “Black Lives Matter” movement and one reason why the movement quickly escalated in the United States.
Garner’s oldest daughter, Erica Garner, sadly passed away on Saturday, December 30th at only 27 years old. After the incident with her father, Erica dedicated her life to police reform activism in support of her dad.
According to New York Daily News, she was previously placed on life support and in the ICU after suffering a sudden heart attack. On Saturday morning, Erica's sister confirmed the sad news on her social media account.
The statement said, "Erica the world loves you. I love you. I am glad you came into our lives. May you find the peace in the next life that you deserved while you were here. I will always love you my sister. love you.
"She passed away this morning. The reports are real. We didn't deserve her.
"When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt. Her heart was bigger than the world. It really really was. She cared when most people wouldn't have. She was good. She only pursued right, no matter what. No one gave her justice."
Please keep her family in your prayers. In other news, an ex-college football star and NFL champion also passed away recently.