Activist Erica Garner, whose father's death helped galvanize an emotional discussion about race and policing, died on Saturday, New York's WABC reported.
A message posted on her Twitter account said she had brain damage "from lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest". Her heart was later found to be enlarged. "She was a fighter for justice and will not be forgotten".
DeRay Mckesson, a national voice for the Black Lives Matter movement, said in an interview Saturday that Garner had inspired other activists.More news: CHP Officer Died When Struck By Drunken Driver
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"She passed away this morning".
"It's hard to find any aspect of life that's not impacted by racial discrimination", Richard David, a neonatologist at the University of IL of Chicago, told NPR. Eric Garner had argued with officers upon being approached for suspicion of selling loose cigarettes. In a series of tweets after the meeting, Erica Garner again stressed that she wanted to see progress on the investigation.
In an interview this month with Benjamin Dixon, the host of a progressive podcast and YouTube show, Garner described the frustrations and physical toll of her activism.
"It's just sad to see her laying there and not the active Erica that we know", Sharpton added.
Palanteo was charged with causing Garner's death, but a grand jury declined to indict him.
"I've absolutely discovered what I want to do with my life", she told Elle in 2016. "Please continue to pray hard for Erica and pray for her family and kids just as much".
Garner became a civil rights activist after video of her father's chokehold death at the hands of a NY police officer went viral and his final words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for police reform activists.