Eric Garner’s daughter appeared on CNN last night and repeatedly told host Don Lemon that she did not believe her father’s death was a racial issue.
Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, died earlier this year after a violent arrest stemming from him illegally selling loose cigarettes. On Tuesday, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the officer who was ultimately responsible for his death – sparking protests all over the nation and a call from New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio for NYPD cops to be ‘re-trained’ on how to deal with people of color.
“This is not a black and white issue,” Garner’s daughter, Erica, told Lemon on Thursday night. “This is a national crisis.”
When Lemon pressed her on that statement, noting that some people believe that her father was in fact killed by a white police officer because he was a black man, she rejected that idea.
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“I really doubt it," she said. "It was about the officer’s pride. It was about my father being 6’4″ and 350 pounds and he wants to be the top cop that brings a big man down.”
You can watch the entire interview in the video below.
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