Daughter of NYPD chokehold victim dies

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Erica Garner recently discovered she had heart problems after the birth of her son whom she named after her father

The reports are real.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who was close with Erica Garner and her family, blamed her death on the lack of accountability for what happened to her father.

The firebrand daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner died in Brooklyn Saturday morning, sources told the New York Daily News.

It pushed Erica Garner into activism.

Garner had an 8-year-old daughter and a 4-month-old son, whom she named after her father. She also told NBCBLK that her goal was to continue fighting for justice for him and others caught in similar situations.

Garner's heart attack was reportedly triggered by an asthma attack that she'd suffered with for years. She stood behind his social-justice platform and was featured in a campaign video.

December 30, 2017Erica the world loves you. "May you find the peace in the next life that you deserved while you were here", family members said in a tweet. "Rest on sister Erica".

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She was an outspoken and sometimes controversial activist against police brutality, organizing marches and speaking often to the media about her father's case.

In 2016, she met with President Obama after she took to Twitter to express her outrage that she was not given the opportunity to speak with the commander in chief at a town hall in the nation's capital. "It really really was", a tweet posted to her account said.

Garner's wife eventually settled with the city for approximately $1M and chose to remain in the same public housing she had been living in before his killing.

Garner became a central figure in the charged conversation about race and the use of force by the police after a New York Police Department officer placed her father into an unauthorized chokehold on Staten Island in 2014 while responding to complaints he was selling untaxed cigarettes.

Garner became a vocal advocate against police brutality following the death of her father, Eric Garner, a Black Lives Matter icon.

A grand jury declined to indict the officer; the city agreed to pay a $US6 million ($7.6 million) civil settlement.

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