Activist Erica Garner Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

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"She was a warrior", said her mother, Esaw, who noted Erica Garner was born at the hospital where she died.

Friends and activists are visiting the NY hospital where Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner's eldest daughter is in grave condition after a heart attack.

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)".

Garner was placed into a medically induced coma on December 23 after suffering a heart attack brought on by asthma.

"When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt". Garner has relentlessly pursued justice not just for her father but for many other victims of police brutality. Atlanta Black Star will be doing a more extensive piece to shine a light on the extensive work Garner has done and her legacy as an activist. He added that her family did not remove her from life support.

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In 2014, her father, Eric Garner, who was black, was stopped on Staten Island for selling untaxed cigarettes and died after a white police officer subdued him with a chokehold.

Garner's last words, "I can't breathe", became a slogan for activists. The city later settled with Garner's family for $5.9 million, WABC reported.

Following her father's death, Garner led marches in NY and elsewhere, drawing attention to the plight of African-Americans who've been victims of police brutality. Though Garner's death was ruled a homicide, the grand jury did not indict Pantaleo and the city of NY settled with Garner's estate for $5.9 million. Garner was placed in a coma after suffering from a heart attack.

Erica Garner became a voice for police accountability after his death, criticizing Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio over policing matters.

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