Defending Rights & Dissent is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Erica Garner. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and loved ones. She was 27 years old
Erica Garner’s father, Eric Garner, was killed by a police officer who placed him in a chokehold. Eric Garner’s death was caught on tape and his final words, “I Can’t Breathe,” shocked people across the nation and inspired protests for police accountability. Even though Eric Garner’s murder was caught on tape, a grand jury failed to indict his killer.
Erica Garner was a tireless advocate for justice for her father, holding weekly protests in the spot where her father was killed by police.
Erica Garner died without ever seeing justice for her father.
Defending Rights & Dissent will continue to fight for accountability for police violence and an end to policing policies that single out communities of color for surveillance, harassment, and other deprivations of fundamental human rights.