Erica Garner landed in hot water after she posted a tweet with a link that reveals the home address of one of the NYPD officers present when her father died.
“Another officer that helped killed [sic] my dad,” Garner’s tweet read. Alongside it was a link to a page on pastebin.com that included the addresses of officer Justin D’Amico and “five possible relatives,” according to the New York Post.
Garner’s tweet was removed not long after it was posted, but it has outraged many in the NYPD who are still mourning the deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. A gunman who claimed to be getting his revenge for Eric Garner’s death killed Ramos and Liu last Saturday in Brooklyn.
Ed Mullins, who runs the Sergeants Benevolent Association, dismissed the tweet as “terrible behavior that continues to cause divisive actions throughout the city.”
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“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Mullins said of Erica Garner.
An anonymous NYPD source told the New York Post that by tweeting the addresses, Garner has put D’Amico and his family in “grave danger.”
“She clearly wants someone to go to the officer’s house and assassinate him in cold blood just like Ramos and Liu,” the source said.
The killing of Ramos and Liu came in the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo for Eric Garner’s death this past summer. The decision, which was announced not long after a similar outcome was revealed in the case of Ferguson, Missouri officer Darren Wilson, sparked national outrage and immediately led to both peaceful demonstrations and violent rioting. Other protests in recent days have been largely anti-cop, with many even calling for the death of officers.
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Jonathan Moore, lawyer for the Garner family, said that Erica wasn’t aware that she was linking to the publicly listed addresses of D’Amico and his family.
“Nobody in the Garner family, including Erica, would consciously send information out about the personal address or phone number or any identifying information about the police officers,” Moore said. “Particularly after what happened to those two officers.”