Eric Garner’s Mom Still Waiting for 'Any Kind of Justice' 5 Years after His Death
Nearly five years after the chokehold death of Eric Garner, his family is still bent on getting justice. A cop killed the late son of Gwen Carr in July 2014 and Gwen is not ready to let the case get swept under the rug.
Gwen Carr said that the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who was responsible for her son’s early demise at 43, ought to have been indicted for the murder of her son. Yet, he still walks free.
A police disciplinary hearing for officer Daniel held in New York, on May 21. Gwen Carr made her self present to honor a news conference outside the police headquarters in Manhattan to kick against the hearing which she thought should have been a criminal hearing rather than disciplinary.
The bereaved mother also documented a detailed chronicle of the case’s progress in 5 years for NBC news. While seeking every means to get justice, Gwen called out the police force, saying they were not doing what they should.
She said:“The police have to represent New York City; they are supposed to serve and protect everyone. But they are all not doing that.”
Carr remains hopeful that there will be some justice for her son and her family. And stated firmly that she was not going to let it go. In her statement, she maintained that officer Pantaleo and other officers like him must be held accountable for their actions.
43-year-old Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by the accused officer, Daniel Pantaleo. In the process of discharging his duty, the officer had placed the deceased under arrest for dealing with loose cigarettes.
However, moments after his arrest, Garner started choking, while complaining of his inability to breathe. But the officer did nothing to abate his condition.
An exclusive video of the incidence surfaced afterwards. The video revealed that officer Pantaleo had dragged the deceased, who was asthmatic, and slammed his head on the sidewalk after Pantaleo and other officers had placed him on a chokehold.
The officers could be seen watching nonchalantly as the 350 pounds father kept saying; “I can’t breathe”, repeatedly while struggling helplessly on the sidewalk. All his pleas to be allowed to breathe went unheard.
An NYPD cop, on the day of the incidence, referred to the issue as; “not a big deal.” His comment was in response to a text sent him by a sergeant to brief him about the occurrence.
Gwen Carr referred to lieutenant Bannon’s comment as “a slap in the face”, in her interview with The Post.
Lt. Bannon’s remark came up during the departmental trial of Pantaleo and has since been on the lips of every Eric Garner sympathizer.