The daughter of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old man who died after being placed in an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer in 2014, ripped the Clinton presidential campaign after leaked emails revealed how the Democratic nominee’s staffers discussed the death of her father.
“I’m troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed ‘using’ Eric Garner…Why would you want to ‘use my dad?'” Garner tweeted along with a link to emails released by WikiLeaks Thursday. “These people will co opt anything to push their agenda. Police violence is not the same as gun violence.”
Garner tweeted links to hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that were released this week by WikiLeaks. The links show internal communications among top staffers on how to best word an editorial piece on gun violence that was slated to run in the New York Daily News.
“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,” Nick Merrill, Clinton’s traveling press secretary wrote in a Mar. 17 email.
Maya Harris, another Clinton aide replied, “Eric Garner not included because not killed by gun violence.”
“I’m glad you had Maya on your team to explain why you won’t be USING my dad in you f—–g gun violence piece… Black woman saved your a–,” Garner added.
The editorial Clinton’s staffers discussed ran in the New York Daily News on Mar. 27. A spokesman for the Clinton campaign did not respond to the Daily News about Garner’s latest tweets.
Eric Garner died on July 17, 2014 after resisting arrest for selling illegal loose cigarettes on Staten Island. Later that year, Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD cop who applied a chokehold to take Garner down, was acquitted in his death. Garner’s death emerged as a flashpoint of police brutality.
“I’m very (sic) interested to know exactly what @CoreyCiorciari meant when he said ‘I know we have an Erica Garner problem’ in the #PodestaEmails19,” added Garner.