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Activist Erica Garner, Daughter of Police Brutality Victim Eric Garner, Has Died

Erica Garner, daughter of police brutality victim Eric Garner, has now died after being declared brain dead on Friday. According to NPR, Garner’s official Twitter account announced her death Saturday morning. The 27-year-old activist had a heart attack last week, which ultimately lead to her being in a coma, ABC News reports.

Garner’s mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, told the New York Daily News that the heart attack was brought on during an asthma attack. According to NBC News, the activist had suffered a heart attack in August, due to an enlarged heart, after giving birth to her son.

Garner became an activist after her father, Eric Garner, died in 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo, ABC News reports. According to ABC News, chokeholds are prohibited by the New York Police Department. The coroner ruled Eric Garner’s death as a homicide due to compression of the neck, NPR reports.

According to ABC News, Eric Garner’s final words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for those protesting police brutality.

Erica Garner became an outspoken activist to end police brutality and a supporter of then presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, NBC News reports. She also appeared in a campaign advertisement for Sanders.

In the campaign advertisement, Garner explained why she became an activist, NPR reports.

“I’m just trying to get the truth out there to tell his side of the story. He was being a loving, caring man that he was, and he was murdered. For a whole year, I’ve protested every Tuesday and Thursday. I feel like a representative for people throughout this whole nation because I’m doing this, I’m speaking out, me being his daughter. And that’s what I want to do, I just want to tell my truths,” Garner said of her father.

“I’m never giving up,” Garner added. “I’m never going to forget. And I don’t want the world to forget what happened to my dad.”

Emily Veith was previously the Branded Content Copywriter at Her Campus, where she works to create fun and engaging native editorial and social content. Emily has also authored political articles for Restless Magazine and numerous inspirational and empowering pieces for Project Wednesday. When she isn't writing, she can be found flying off to her next adventure, attempting new recipes, listening to one of her infinite playlists on Spotify, or cuddling with her dogs. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @emilycveith.
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