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Did Racism Kill Erica Garner?


by Deborah Douglas

After 43-year-old Eric Garner was killed by an illegal NYPD chokehold on Staten Island in 2014, his daughter Erica cried out for police reform in America. Her dad’s alleged offense—selling loose, untaxed cigarettes—fit into a pattern of law enforcement preying on communities of color for minor offenses, and Erica, like thousands of others, demanded accountability from police who seemed to occupy as much as they protected and served.

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