Eric Garner’s Widow: ‘He Was Murdered Unjustly’ (VIDEO)

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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:

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  1. To murder someone means to kill them intentionally and not in self defense. It’s pretty obvious that the cops didn’t kill him intentionally.

    Of course, I wouldn’t expect a woman who stays married to a 40-something guy who’s been arrested 36 times and is still selling bootleg cigarettes on the street to understand this.

  2. Avatar for jw1 jw1 says:

    Like elsewhere on this site regarding this crime?
    You’re still being an idiot. Intentionally.

    From CNN:

    During the fatal encounter July 17 on Staten Island, Garner raised both hands in the air and told the officers not to touch him. Seconds later, a video shows an officer behind Garner grab him in a chokehold and pull him to the sidewalk, rolling him onto his stomach. The New York City Police Department prohibits chokeholds.
    “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Garner said repeatedly, his cries muffled into the pavement.

    Nowhere is self-defense a part of this scenario.

    Again from CNN:

    The grand jury’s decision came on the same day that the New York Police Department, in an attempt to bolster public confidence, announced plans to start having some officers wear body cameras.
    “When something happens, to have a video record of it, from the police officers’ perspective, is going to help in many, many ways,” de Blasio told reporters. “And God forbid, when something goes wrong, we are going to have a clearer understanding of what happened.”
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/03/justice/new-york-grand-jury-chokehold/

    Please feel free to remove your head from your anus.

    jw1

  3. Once again, you post comments that are insulting and unnecessary.

    You know nothing of their marriage, their relationship, or anything else about the two of them or their family.

    Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the coroner—which means he was killed intentionally, which makes it murder.

    Does being a heartless dickhead come naturally to you, or do you have to practice to be so repulsive?

  4. No, it wasn’t in self defense, you’re right there. However, at least from what I can see in the video of the event, it wasn’t intentional either.

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