The death of George Floyd had brought up a lot of memories for Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, she said she hasn’t been able to watch the video of Floyd’s death.
Floyd and Garner both called out that they couldn’t breathe as they died.
“I have not watched it,” Carr said about the video of Floyd’s death. “Just like my son’s video, I have not watched it in its entirety. I just cannot do it.”
Hearing Floyd’s final words brought Carr back to Staten Island’s Bay Street on July 17, 2014.
“When you think about you can’t take a breath and you are just suffocating, just imagine how that must feel and then no one helps you and no one comes to your rescue,” she said.
Carr visited Minneapolis last week and said it opened up an old wound. She spoke with Floyd’s family and saw protests there firsthand.
“I don’t want to see anyone out there hurt,” she said.
She’s also worried some protesters aren’t focused on holding police accountable.
“They don’t have the movement’s interest at heart,” she said. “They are trying to make us look bad to everyone
Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with third degree murder. Three other officers involved with Floyd’s case were fired.
Carr waited nearly five years for Officer Daniel Pantaleo to be fired during the NYPD. She said those years taught her the importance of being engaged in the political process.
“We know that we have a lot of politicians that are in the seats that don’t belong there,” she said. “It is our duty to vote. We put those politicians there and we can take them out.”