Erica G. Snipes-Garner is a twenty-four year old Brooklyn resident and the daughter of the late Eric B. Garner, who was murdered at the hands of the NYPD on July 17, 2014. Eric Garner was 43 years old and the father of 6 children, who was put into a choke-hold after apparently breaking up a fight outside a local storefront. Five New York Police Officers surround him and one of the Police Officers forced him onto the ground. Eric Garner shouted out "I can't breathe" 11 times. As a result, he died shortly thereafter. A Staten Island Grand Jury voted not to indict the New York Police Officer in the killing of Eric Garner, which emotionally disturbed the Nation. Read More >
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York like her father, Erica is the oldest of four children. As a self-proclaimed “Daddy’s Girl,” she was always taught by her father to lead by example for those around her, particularly her younger siblings. All that her father has taught her has prepared Erica for the role she has stepped into today.
The Garner Way Foundation has provided Erica with a platform to conduct weekly peaceful protests in Staten Island to commemorate her father’s death and engage the world against the injustice that surrounds it. Despite the discouraging circumstances, Erica’s apprehension of being involved with a movement of this magnitude quickly dissipated as she began to break down the various barriers involved with public protests.
From police barricades being installed at the locations where her group is known to march, to the Staten Island police scheduling rallies at the same time, and on the same route as hers, to attacks from political hit-men, Erica has remained hopeful, peaceful, and committed to advocating for the elimination of the harsh injustices in the legal system.
Erica is currently working to grow her bipartisan organization, The Garner Way Foundation dedicated to addressing issues of inequality in the legal system, and holding elected officials accountable by ensuring these issues remain a relevant topic of discussion at the local, state and national levels. Read Less ^