A video of Eric Garner, in a police chokehold complaining he could not breathe, sparked national protests. Garner suffered "major brain damage" from a heart attack last weekend.
Garner's official Twitter account, run by her family and friends since she became ill, asked that she be remembered as a mother, daughter, sister and aunt with a heart "bigger than the world". During his weekly telecast, Sharpton said "the media will say Erica died of a heart attack but that's only partially true because her heart was already broken when she couldn't get justice for her father", per Buzzfeed News. "She fought the good fight. No one gave her justice", she wrote.
Garner emerged as a prominent activist after her father, Eric Garner, was killed during an encounter with the New York Police Department in July 2014. An autopsy confirmed that while Garner had dealt with obesity and asthma, the chokehold had also played a role in his fatal heart attack. The city settled out of court with Garner's family for $5.9 million in 2015 but the family insisted it was not a victory and renewed calls for federal charges in the case.More news: Flu season ramps up in New Jersey heading into the new year
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Ms Garner was a mother-of-two, and had a son in August whom she named after her father.
"Even with my own heartbreak, when I demand justice, it's never just for Eric Garner", she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed a year ago endorsing then-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "She left on her own terms".
"These people will co-opt anything to push their agenda", Garner said, calling out Clinton's campaign team on Twitter.