Wife of Eric Garner Speaks Out One Year Later

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner spoke his last words on a city block near his home on Staten Island:
"I can't breathe."
Cell phone video showed the 43-year-old lying motionless on the ground after being put in an apparent chokehold by a New York City police officer. Several officers had approached Garner for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. Police said he suffered a heart attack and died en route to the hospital.
Garner's death fueled months of anti-police protests across the nation, his final plea becoming a rallying cry.
Esaw Garner said, "At first when they were saying it, I would break down every time they said it," Adding, "But then, as the movement went on, I took it as an empowerment and it'd keep me strong when I heard them yelling."



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