NYC Commemorates the 3rd Anniversary of Eric Garner’s Death, While Activists Still Call for Justice

Today marks the third anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, the Staten Island husband and father who was killed by New York City police.

His last words the refrain, “I Can’t Breathe,” invigorating a nascent Black Lives Matter movement and driving thousands into the streets to protest.

Many took to social media today to remember Garner, and to call for indictments against the police officers who ended his life.


The New York Daily News reports that Mayor de Blasio used the day to speak about the “progress” the city has made in police-community relations, as did the Police Commissioner James O’Neill.


However, the daughter of Garner, activist Erica Garner, who is known not to take to meaningless platitudes too kindly, still says there is no justice in her father’s case, and progress is not coming fast enough.


After video of Eric Garner’s last breaths emerged, Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was captured on video holding him in a chokehold, was not indicted in December 2014.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took over the federal civil rights probe launched months after Garner’s July 2014 death, and the News reports that the Garner family met with federal officials last month, but so far, there has been no movement on that front.

In New York City, there there will be a 7 p.m. protest will renew calls for charges against the cops involved in Garner’s death, including Officer Daniel Pantaleo at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, just blocks away from where Garner lost his life.

There will also be a commemorative service in Harlem, also at 7 p.m., featuring the Rev. Al Sharpton, at the First Corinthian Baptist Church.

Below is a poem for Eric Garner.

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