Eric Garner's Memorial Damaged in Fire

Eric Garner's Memorial Damaged in Fire

The memorial for Eric Garner, who died when a police officer placed him in a chokehold in July, burned in an accidental fire Monday, a police source told the New York Daily News.

Published January 20, 2015

The memorial for Eric Garner, who died when a police officer placed him in a choke hold in July, was burned in an accidental fire Monday, a police source told the New York Daily News

The fire was caused by candles that were placed under the plexiglass of the memorial, according to the source.

Erica Garner tweeted the news early Tuesday. "lord forgive these evil ppl who burned down POPS memorial this is really sick my struggle still cont.#anonymouopfurguson #OpICantBreathe," she wrote. 

Since his death, his daughter and other demonstrators have held several die-ins in the spot where Garner was killed. 

On Jan. 29, Judge Garnett is set to hear arguments from four parties on releasing records of the grand jury proceedings in Garner's case.

Those who have called for transparency of the court documents include the Legal Aid Society, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York Post and New York City's public advocate Letitia James, the New York Times reports.

Garner, 43, was being stopped by the police for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner was later taken to the ground and died after shouting, “I can’t breathe!” several times on a video recording that was spread around the Internet. His death was later ruled a homicide.

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