Erica Garner Blasts The NYPD For Her Father's Death
The death of Eric Garner rippled through the black community after yet ANOTHER police-involved situation cost a person their life. As anger boiled over the top with the videotaped-captured killing of the 43-year-old, his daughter, Erica Garner, has come out to challenge the New York Police Department, its Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio in an open letter revealed at The Huffington Post.
“If Sgt. Adonis can be charged with failure to supervise, then I expect the other sergeant at the scene to be charged as well,” Erica wrote. Speaking out against this glaring omission of justice, the fact that NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was not indicted by a grand jury and that Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed it all happen, has been brought up on trumped up charges — and you have the makings of a travesty against truth.
Pantaleo, who wrestled Garner to the ground and placed him in a life-ending chokehold, did not release him after Eric said, “I can’t breathe” on the recorded video. Adonis, a Black woman, is being brought up on charges in connection Eric Garner’s death, yet his daughter believes if they are going to heap the blame on her that others should follow suit in being charged. “Charge the zone commander. Charge the borough commander. Charge the Police Commissioner. Charge the Mayor,” she wrote.
Erica Garner, who is mulling a possible run for Congress, questions the shift in focus to Adonis instead of the people who were responsible for Eric Garner’s death. “One guess: like my father, Sgt. Adonis is black.” Adonis went to EMT’s to help keep Eric Garner alive and could be seen in the video withdrawing from the scrum that resulted in the death of Eric Garner. Garner has said that “the charges against Sgt. Adonis are ridiculous” in light of everything that has come out.
If you look at Freddie Gray‘s case or Sandra Bland‘s or Tamir Rice‘s, transparency and accountability is replaced with victim-shaming and wrist slaps for the assailants. True justice comes when those afraid to anger the status quo do so anyway for the betterment and restitution of those deeply affected. Erica Garner’s voice is one of the few that have been raised to drown out the racist rhetoric growing across the country. Will you join in?
Read her full letter by clicking here!
H/T: The Huffington Post