Eric Garner’s family thanks supporters, asks them to remain peaceful

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HARLEM (AP) — Eric Garner's mother and widow say they have been overjoyed to see thousands of marchers protesting peacefully after a New York City grand jury declined to indict a police officer in Garner's choking death.

Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said Saturday it "warmed her heart" to see so many people protesting after Wednesday's announcement that a Staten Island grand jury would not indict the police officer who choked Garner as he gasped "I can't breathe."

Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, acknowledged the overwhelming support she and her family have received in a National Action Network rally in Harlem Saturday morning. (Photo: CNN)

Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, acknowledged the overwhelming support she and her family have received in a National Action Network rally in Harlem Saturday morning. (Photo: CNN)

Garner's widow, Esaw Garner, said she saw demonstrators from her apartment window and told her son, "Look at all the love that your father's getting."

The women spoke at the Rev. Al Sharpton's Harlem headquarters.

Sharpton and Garner's family members planned to lay a wreath later Saturday at the site of his July 17 death.

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3 comments

  • ts

    What I’d like to know is what happened to the woman from Sharpton’s organization who was raped? Doesn’t he care about that injustice too?

  • Sam Carpenter

    The issue of brutality in this situation heightenes the awareness we all have of police tactics. I am just guessing about this, but here we have an older man who looks like a huge guy and really someone who the police would try to overwhelm with power, but they forget his age. I look at 59 like a real strong guy, but in reality, my age betrays my fitness. Can’t compare to a young man. This guy here had a heart attack. The police need to realize an older man is not the threat of a younger man. Secondly, when someone says, “I CAN’T BREATHE” that is just what it means. There was no reason to continue. There was no threat really. I think black folks have a right to expect that they are also worthy of life and I agree that the wife says, “black people are worth something”. Yes they are! Nobody should be abused. The police have a difficult job and I think the solution is more community communication. More community policing. The police can’t keep everybody safe and not be overbearing. I also feel that this man had such marginal ability to make a living: it is a double crime to hurt someone already DOWN! I get the feeling there was no respect for this man and regardless of who he was, how much money he made–he deserved better than harrassment as “the cigarette man”. I get it, there is a problem with this.

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