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Erica Garner, the daughter of a black man named Eric Garner, who was killed by a New York Police Department officer, has slammed Hillary Clinton campaign over recently published internal emails by WikiLeaks that mention her and her father.
The email correspondence was a discussion about whether the death of Garner’s father should be used in a Clinton opinion piece for New York Daily News on gun violence.
“I’m troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed ‘using’ Eric Garner … Why would you want to ‘use’ my dad,” tweeted Erica Garner. “It was obvious that the two white men that were on the email chain didn’t even know that my dad wasn’t shot. It was clear that he was just a dead body for them to manipulate for their use. White liberals have been trying to cram racism into the box of gun violence for a while now.”
Eric Garner died in 2014 after New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo used a chokehold while attempting to arrest him for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally. A grand jury later decided against indicting Pantaleo for Eric Garner’s death.
“I know we have Erica Garner issues but we don’t want to mention Eric at all? I can see her coming after us for leaving him out of the piece,” Clinton’s traveling press secretary Nick Merrill wrote in an email.
Garner has been critical of President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians since becoming an activist against police brutality following her father’s death.