Please Support the "ERIC GARNER LAW"

Please Support the "ERIC GARNER LAW"

September 24, 2019
Signatures: 129,177Next Goal: 150,000
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Why this petition matters

Hello my name is Emerald Snipes Garner, the youngest daughter of Eric Garner. My father was killed by former NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo because of the use of an illegal chokehold that caused my dad to have a fatal asthma attack. 

My father yelled “I can’t breathe!” 11 times while he was being choked to death by Officer Pantaleo, and despite his pleas, Officer Pantaleo continued to use this illegal maneuver. 

No police officer should be allowed to use a chokehold that can easily kill unarmed civilians. That’s why my family and I are asking for your support to help pass the Eric Garner Law, legislation that would place a federal ban on police using this dangerous chokehold that killed my father. 

My family and I stood by for 5 years waiting for a decision from the Department of Justice after my father died as to whether the police officer who killed my father should face charges. They asked us to let them “Investigate” the murder of my father. And they FAILED us in every way.

But I know that power rests with people. I started a petition this past summer demanding that the police officer who killed my dad be fired, and just 30 days after my petition was published it had over 144,000 signatures, and my viral video was viewed over 10,000 times across all social media and news outlets. Because of your support, we can now say that Daniel Pantaleo, the man who choked my father to death, is now a former NYPD officer. HE IS FIRED!

I truly believe that our efforts were not ignored, and our rally cries were heard by the world. And I hope we can do the same to drive support of the Eric Garner Law. 

The hope is that the Eric Garner Law will make officers understand they cannot just kill us and walk free. It would mean that any officer who uses a chokehold on an unarmed civilian would be prosecuted across the country. 

My sister Erica Snipes Garner died before she could see justice for our father, and I refuse to leave this Earth until I see justice for my dad and all others who were murdered at the hands of the murdering Police Officers who took an oath to protect and serve the communities. That’s why me and my family are so committed to seeing this law pass, and why I need your support as this law makes its way through the Senate with the support of Senator Gillibrand.

While Officer Pantaleo is no longer patrolling the streets, real structural change will only happen if police departments around the country are required to ban the type of dangerous chokeholds that took my father’s life.

We need justice now. We demand justice right now! Please sign this petition to support the Federal Eric Garner Law in the U.S. Senate. 


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Signatures: 129,177Next Goal: 150,000
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