His daughter and namesake Erica Garner became the champion of his case. In 2016 she was invited to a presidential town hall broadcast by ABC. It was held on the second anniversary of her father's murder but she was not allowed to ask a question. She felt used and she said so. Eventually she was able to speak to the president.
On Christmas Eve the 27-year old Ms. Garner suffered a heart attack and today she was declared brain dead with no chance of recovery. She was also the mother of an 8-year old and a 4-month old baby. According to her mother Ms. Garner was diagnosed with an enlarged heart during her recent pregnancy and suffered a previous heart attack after the birth.
This family's plight tells us so much about how black people are treated in this country. Police murder and poor health care. Now two motherless children.
But I return to Barack Obama. In eight years his justice department only prosecuted two cops. He only spoke to Ms. Garner because she protested at the 2016 town hall. His response to her can only be described thusly. "I'm sorry for your loss. Fuck you."
Erica Garner asked, "A black person has to yell to be heard?" The answer to that question is always yes.Erica not letting @ABC or @BarackObama play her. I was so proud of how bold and fearless and relentless she was. pic.twitter.com/xummLgafdH— Blackstar Flower (@BlackstarFlower) December 28, 2017