Esaw Garner, the widow of Eric Garner, on Sunday said that she felt that the police were biased toward her husband, but not necessarily because of his race.
“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,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “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.”
She said that the police harassed him and his family constantly, and called him “Cigarette Man.”
“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,'” she said.
Garner added that she’s now worried about her two sons and fears the police.
“That’s why I left Staten Island,” she said. “I couldn’t stay there anymore.”
Watch the interview via NBC: