Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner made several stops in Columbia, SC, campaigning for Bernie Sanders on Saturday. Erica’s 43-year-old father, died on July 17 after the NYPD attempted to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. When he refused to be handcuffed, officers took him to the ground. During the take-down, Officer Daniel Pantaleo put one of his arms around Garner’s neck, a maneuver that the police department said is illegal.
Video of the arrest sparked national outrage but a grand jury did not return any indictments against the officer involved. On Saturday Erica Garner voiced her support for Sanders conveying her believe that he will speak out for African-Americans on both economic and social issues.
“The fact that he’s for us. He’s for Black Lives Matter,” Garner said, “He’s a protester, his whole record is him protesting and putting his body on the line and getting arrested for us.”
Garner, an activist, mother and founder of the Garner Way Foundation, said she’s still fiercely fighting to have her father’s case reopened and reconsidered by a new grand jury in New York State.
Garner wrote her endorsement in The Washington Post, saying that Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, is best positioned to “address the criminalization” of African-Americans with his “racial justice platform.”
Meanwhile the Sanders campaign is planning a number of phone banks to bolster efforts in South Carolina over the next few weeks. The Democratic Primary in the Palmetto State will be on February 27, 2016.
Erica Garner also stopped by The Breakfast Club on Power 105.9 FM, Wednesday, February 3, 2016, to discuss working in the community, supporting Bernie Sanders and remembering her father.