Erica Garner is “fighting”, and in a medically-induced coma after suffering cardiac arrest over the holiday weekend, according to reports.
Ms. Garner reportedly suffered a heart attack triggered by asthma. She had given birth just four months ago.
Ms. Garner, 27, is the daughter of Eric Garner, who was killed by a NYPD police officer on a city street with a lethal choke-hold in broad daylight.
The shocking and senseless incident was caught on mobile video and became one of the most watched viral videos of 2015.
Garner’s murder further highlighted the epidemic of Black men being murdered by police officers nationwide.
His death also triggered nationwide outrage and protests.
Erica Garner was at the scene and witnessed her father’s killing at the hands of officers.
The involved officers were cleared of any culpability for Garner’s homicide.
The unforgettable image of her father dying on a city street motivated not just Erica, but her brother, Eric Garner, Jr. as well, and the two became active and outspoken in the effort to stop police violence against African Americans.
Erica Garner waded into politics in 2016, and recorded a message for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.
“I’m never giving up,” she said. “I’m never gonna forget, and I don’t want the world to forget.”
Let’s hope and pray for a full recovery for Erica.