Mom: Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner's daughter in coma

Posted December 31, 2017

Prior to her death, Erica was an outspoken critic of police brutality and state-sanctioned violence following the death of her father in July 2014.

Erica Garner, a tireless activist for police reform, has passed away on Saturday (Dec. 30) after being placed in a coma for several days. A CT scan showed that Garner, who was being treated at a hospital in Brooklyn, suffered "major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest", according to a statement posted Wednesday.

Eric Garner died after being put in a banned chokehold by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Eric Garner had argued with officers upon being approached for suspicion of selling loose cigarettes. He remains employed by the NYPD. "What do you want from marching?' He was my father", Garner told NBC News in 2015.

Garner, daughter of Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner died in NY on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, after a weeklong hospital stay following a heart attack.

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Erica Garner recently discovered she had heart problems after the birth of her son whom she named after her father
Andrew Burton via Getty Images Erica Garner recently discovered she had heart problems after the birth of her son whom she named after her father

She suffered her first heart attack shortly after the delivery, with doctors saying the pregnancy stressed her already enlarged heart. Erica appeared in campaign commercials for Senator Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential run. "It's for my daughter; it's for the next generation of African Americans". Family members gave conflicting reports about her status Thursday.

Garner urged unity in the social justice movement and sought to mend fissures and conflicts within it. "It really really was", a tweet posted to her account said. She cared when most people wouldn't have. "No movement is immune to conflict, but it's up to every last person on the side of justice to make the decision to move forward together". News of her hospitalization and Saturday passing prompted an outpouring of support from high profile progressive activists and politicians, including Vermont Sen.

De Blasio called Garner's death a "horrible tragedy" in a tweet. In June, Eric Garner's family met with DOJ officials for updates about their investigation.

"My thoughts are with Erica Garner", he said. A grand jury in December 2014 decided not to press charges against Pantaleo. Our founding documents declared Black people property, three-fifths of the white men who used violence to enforce their will. "She left on her own terms".

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