NEW YORK — The daughter of Eric Garner, the New York man who died after he was put in a police chokehold, blasted Hillary Clinton’s campaign after WikiLeaks revealed emails that talked of “using” her father’s death.
In a series of tweets Thursday, Erica Garner slammed Clinton’s campaign for “exploiting (her) dads death” in a op-ed piece on gun control they planned to publish in the New York Daily News.
“I’m troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed ‘using’ Eric Garner … Why would you want to ‘use’ my dad?” Garner tweeted. “Wouldnt yall like to know why the #Hillary campaign thought that I my objecting to them exploiting my dads death was a ‘problem.'”
Friday Garner sat down for a one-on-one interview with PIX11 News. She said, “I have every right to be angry.”
The Clinton campaign discussed in March 2016 mentioning Eric Garner’s death in an upcoming article to protest gun violence, a series of private emails that were recently published by WikiLeaks show.
“I know we have Erica Garner issues but we don’t want to mention Eric at all?” Clinton’s traveling press secretary Nick Merrill wrote. “I can see her coming after us for leaving him out of the piece.”
“I just don’t understand this whole Erica Garner issue,” she told PIX11. “Why do you have a problem with me? I would much rather for the Clinton campaign and Clinton herself to reach out to me.”
Eric Garner died in 2014 following a confrontation in Staten Island with NYPD, during which officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in an illegal chokehold.
A team of federal agents recently took over the investigation after a grand jury decided not to indict the officer, and federal prosecutors are pursuing charges against Pantaleo in Garner’s death, according to several news outlets.
CNN has reached out to the Clinton campaign for response to Erica Garner’s tweets and has not yet received a response.
On Twitter, Garner has criticized both Clinton and Donald Trump. She previously endorsed Bernie Sanders and has recently tweeted support for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.
Garner became an activist against police brutality following her father’s death, but slammed the Clinton campaign Thursday for equivocating gun violence with police violence.
The Clinton campaign seemed to nix the idea of mentioning Eric Garner in the op-ed after Clinton staffer Maya Harris pointed out in an email that he was not killed by gun violence.