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Social justice advocate Erica Garner suffers 'major brain damage' after heart attack

29 December, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Erica Garner, the daughter of police brutality victim Eric Garner, has been declared brain dead, The Daily News reports.

Relatives and friends rushed to Woodhull Hospital Thursday to visit Erica Garner, who became an outspoken critic of police brutality after her father's death in 2013.

The 27-year-old firebrand remained on life support Thursday morning, her mother Esaw Snipes said.

"She's not gone, she's brain dead", Garner's heartbroken mother explained to the NY Daily News.

'Physically she is still with us'.

Garner's family posted on her Twitter account on Monday, to thank people for their prayers and support.

'Please continue to pray hard for Erica and pray for her family and kids just as much'. Miller says she was shunned by the Garner family.

Erica's heart attack, which led to the coma, was brought on by an asthma attack, according to NBC New York. "RIP @es_snipes. That family still needs us #Garner", Williams tweeted.

But a grand jury in NY declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who used the chokehold while attempting to arrest Garner for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes outside a Staten Island store.

Massive protests were held across the country to register anger over the grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man.

This was the second heart attack Garner experienced since the birth of her second child four months ago, named after her father. "Doctors said Erica Garner's pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged", the outlet writes.

Eric Garner died after being put in a banned chokehold by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

Garner complained repeatedly that he could not breathe.

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