Eric Garner’s death and the subsequent failure for the grand jury to indict shocked the nation. The video of his arrest and death was a terrible sight and the grand jury’s decision not to indict seemingly made everything worse…
Some in the race-baiting community have turned the horrible events into another opportunity to racially demagogue the police. But the family of Mr. Garner are having none of it, while the case may be one of police “brutality” there is no reason to suspect a racial aspect to the arrest.
Esaw Snipes-Garner – Widow of Eric Garner:
I feel that he was murdered unjustly. I don’t even feel like it’s a black and white thing, honestly, you know, in my opinion. I really don’t feel like it’s a black and white thing. I feel like it’s just something that he continued to do and the police knew. You know, they knew. It wasn’t like it was a shock. They knew. You know? They knew him by name.
They harassed us. They said things to us. We would go shopping. You know? They, “Hi Cigarette Man. Hey Cigarette Man Wife.” You know? Stuff like that. And I would just say, “Eric, just keep walking. Don’t say anything. Don’t respond. You know? Don’t give them a reason to do anything to you.”
And he just felt like, “But baby, they keep harassing me.” And I said, “Just ignore them, Eric.” And he said, “But how much can I ignore them?” And I would say, “Just stay away from the block. You know? Just find something else to do.” And he’s like, “What else can I do? I keep getting sick.” He tried working with the Parks Department. But he had asthma. You know? He had issues. You know? Heavy guy. And he was very lazy. You know? He didn’t like to do anything. He wasn’t used to it, so.