Eric Garner’s oldest daughter has shown no signs of recovery — still unable to breathe on her own after suffering a heart attack, her family said on Monday.
Erica Garner, 27, had a heart attack on Saturday night. She was on life-support in the intensive care unit of a Brooklyn hospital late Monday.
“The Garner/Snipes family wants to thank you all for your prayers and support,” the family said in a statement. “At this moment there are no updates on Erica’s condition. They ask that you take this holiday to enjoy your loved ones and for self care. More updates will come as they are available.”
Erica Garner’s mother Esaw Snipes-Garner added in a text to the Daily News, “Please keep her and (her) children in your prayers.”
Relatives kept watch on her throughout Monday at Woodhull Medical Center.
Garner has become an activist since her father’s death in 2014. She is a mother of two after giving birth to a boy in August. She named him after her father.
Rev. Al Sharpton, speaking during a charity event at National Action Network headquarters in Harlem with Mayor de Blasio, called on the public to keep Erica Garner in their prayers.
“I want everyone to pray for Erica Snipes Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, who had a heart attack,” he said, adding that he is in close contact with Esaw Snipes. “I’ve just left the hospital and prayed with her, and I ask for all your prayers for Erica.”
Gwen Carr, who is Eric Garner’s mother, also attended the NAN event. She did not want to speak to a reporter, saying only that she had just arrived back in town.
Eric Garner, 43, died on July 17, 2014 when NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a banned chokehold on Staten Island. A grand jury decided not to charge Pantaleo, who remains on the force.
Garner’s death and final words, “I can’t breathe,” helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement and spurred Erica to become an advocate against police brutality.
Esaw Snipes-Garner, Erica’s mother, said Sunday her daughter’s condition was grave but the family hadn’t given up hope.
“(She) is still with us. She’s fighting,” the mom said.
Snipes-Garner said her daughter’s cardiac arrest was brought on by an asthma attack.
In September, the Civilian Complaint Review Board recommended discipline against Pantaleo for using the banned chokehold in Garner’s death.
The clash over selling untaxed cigarettes that led to Garner’s death has been the subject of a long-running federal civil rights investigation.
Erica Garner became an outspoken often blunt critic of government responses to civilian deaths in police encounters.
“If playing the race card is fighting for human rights for Black people unapologetically … Then DEAL ME IN,” she wrote in July 2016.
In July after Mayor de Blasio claimed there had been progress in the building of police-community relations, she fired back.
“What progress?” she posted to Twitter. “Training is not progress. It is a BASIC COMPONENT OF THE JOB. You mean people stopped marching about it. No progress!”
SOURCE: GRAHAM RAYMAN
New York Daily News