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

Posted at 11:30 AM, Dec 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-06 11:30:18-05

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.