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Black Lives Matter Activist Erica Garner Dies After Suffering Massive Heart Attack

Black Lives Matter Activist Erica Garner Dies After Suffering Massive Heart Attack

The daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner died in Brooklyn Saturday morning, sources said. "No one gave her justice", she wrote.

Chokeholds are prohibited by the NYPD, and a ruling by the New York City medical examiner found Eric Garner died due to "compression of neck (choke hold)". "I have had the privilege of joining with her at a number of events and was deeply impressed with her courage and insights", Sanders tweeted Friday.

Garner became a civil rights activist after video of her father's chokehold death at the hands of a NY police officer went viral and his final words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for police reform activists.

Garner had been placed in a medically induced coma last week following a heart attack triggered by an asthmatic episode, and had already been declared brain dead as a result.




The activist's death was confirmed by her family on her official Twitter account, with Garner's sister urging people to remember her as a "mother, daughter, sister and aunt".

Following her heart attack, Reverend Al Sharpton gave a speech asking for prayers for the activist and saying that he'd visited her at the hospital, according to a report from the New York Daily News. Eric Garner had argued with officers upon being approached for suspicion of selling loose cigarettes.

A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in 2014; the officer remains on modified duty.

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