After leading a march with a group of protesters Thursday, Erica Garner lied down and closed her eyes in the spot in Staten Island, NY, where her father, Eric Garner, was killed after being held in an illegal chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
Garner has been holding protests twice a week on the street where her father died since his death in July, the Daily News reports.
“I felt his spirit when I was walking down to the spot,” she told the Daily News. “I’ve been doing this every Tuesday and Thursday since my father’s death. I do it without cameras there. I do it with cameras there, and I’m going to keep doing it.”
A Staten Island grand jury voted not to indict Pantaleo Dec. 3 in the case. The officer offered an apology to the family in a statement. "My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my personal condolences for their loss," he said.
When asked if she accepted the apology, Esaw Garner, Eric's widow, said, "Hell no!"
"The time for remorse would have been when my husband was yelling to breathe," said Garner at a press conference after the decision. "That would've been the time for him to show some type of remorse or some type of care for another human being's life — when he was screaming 11 times, that he can't breathe."
An NYPD internal investigation and a federal civil rights investigation has been opened for the case. The family of Garner intends to file a $75 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city of New York, the Police Department and several other officers.
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