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Anti-Police Brutality Activist Erica Garner Dies at 27

Black Lives Matter
Written by JoAnn Chateau

We have tragic news. Activist Erica Garner has died at the age of 27. She suffered an asthma attack, which brought on a heart attack and then a coma. She was hospitalized on December 24th and died Saturday morning, December 30th. A contributing factor: Erica had been born with an enlarged heart.

Erica’s father, Eric Garner, died by police brutality in 2014. The police officer who choked him was not convicted. Undoubtedly, the mental and physical stress of grief without closure, and the responsibilities of a new human rights activist, which Erica executed with great diligence and grace, took their toll on her vulnerable physical condition.

To honor Erica, and remember her father, we must continue to invoke the validity of “Black Lives Matter,” repeating the phrase, as appropriate and necessary, until justice prevails.

Before Erica died, the Jimmy Dore Show reported on her medical crisis, and discussed Erica’s work and the relevant social-political issues surrounding police violence. Please see below:

Aware & Fair


About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


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