Civil rights activist Erica Garner passed away

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December 30, 2017
Civil rights activist Erica Garner passed away DECEMBER 11: Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, leads a march of people protesting the Staten Island, New York grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July, on December 11, 2014 in the Staten Island Neighborhood of New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images  

At the age of 27, Erica Garner was declared dead Saturday morning after suffering from a massive heart attack. Erica Garner was an activist who fought for justice after her father, Eric Garner, 43, was killed by the police in 2014.


Eric Garner's death was captured on camera. In the video, it can clearly be seen that he was tackled by officers, and then held in a chokehold while saying "I can't breathe." He repeated the sentence 11 times. The officer who put Garner, who had asthma, in the chokehold still walks free today and has never been indicted on any charges related to Garner's death.

Erica led protests before and after none of the eight officers involved in the crime were indicted on any charges. She marched in protests, lead bi-weekly sit-ins in Staten Island where her father was killed, and was an outspoken advocate for issues regarding criminal justice. In 2015, she released a song with her relative Steven Flagg, called "This Ends Today" in tribute to her father.

She is remembered by those who knew her as a fierce activist, a loving mother, daughter and sister, and dear friend. Her family asks that no donations be made unless they are posted to Erica Garner's official Twitter account.

Civil rights activist Erica Garner passed away