New York City marks 7 years since chokehold death of Eric Garner

People across the boroughs will be commemorating Garner’s life in a variety of different ways.

News 12 Staff

Jul 17, 2021, 2:26 PM

Updated 1,011 days ago

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Saturday marks seven years since Eric Garner died in an officer-involved chokehold in Staten Island.
The anniversary comes just a day after a judge ruled a judicial inquiry is warranted into the investigation of the arrested and chokehold in 2014.
Garner’s last words “I can’t breathe” have become a driving force for the movement against police brutality across the country.
People across the boroughs will be commemorating Garner’s life in a variety of different ways.
A motorcade will depart from the House of Justice in Manhattan and arrive at a convenience store on Bay Street where a wreath will be laid in Garner's memory.
Signs and pictures of Garner have since been placed outside the store where he would often be, and it was there where he lost his life after being put in a chokehold during an arrest.
His daughter, Legacy, was only 3 months old at the time of his death. Her mother Jewel told News 12 she organizes the memorial ceremony every year to keep his memory alive, especially for their daughter. She adds that everybody in the community loved Garner.
Garner's friends tell News 12 that they are continuing the fight for police reform.


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