THE ERIC GARNER LAW

Five years after his death, Eric Garner’s youngest daughter Emerald Snipes Garner fights to outlaw the controversial chokehold restraint that killed her father.

Aired on November 20 and December 27, 2019. 

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> GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE IS FAR FROM OVER.

THE NYPD OFFICER WHOSE CHOKE HOLD IS BLAMED FOR KILLING THIS FATHER IS FIRED BUT THAT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR HIS OLDEST DAUGHTER.

THEY ARE LOOKING TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE STATE TO DO THIS CONTROVERSIAL MANEUVER.

SHE IS LOOKING TO PASS THE SO-CALLED ERIC GARNER LAW.

FOR MORE ON THIS, SHE JOINS US NOW.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION THAT IT IS THAT YOU WANT TO SEE PASSED IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE.

WELL, WE'RE PRESENTING THE ERIC GARNER LAW, WHICH WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR CHOKE HOLDS.

RIGHT NOW AS THE CASE HAS ROLLED OUT SINCE 2014 WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN SAYING IS THAT THE CHOKE HOLD IS BANNED AND THAT IT'S NOT TECHNICALLY ILLEGAL.

SO NOW WHAT WE'RE ASKING LEGISLATURES TO DO IS TO MAKE A CHOKE HOLD ILLEGAL.

BEFORE MY FATHER AND AFTER MY FATHER THERE HAS BEEN MANY CASES OF OFFICERS USING A CHOKE HOLD TO BRING SOMEONE DOWN OR ACTIVATE THE TAKE-DOWN.

IT IS SO UNFORTUNATE THAT MOST OF THE TIME PEOPLE DON'T MAKE IT AND MY FATHER WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT DON'T MAKE IT.

I DON'T WANT ANOTHER ERIC GARNER IN THE WORLD BECAUSE EVEN GO THROUGH THE VIDEO, I JUST WATCHED IT THIS YEAR, THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I WATCHED THE VIDEO FROM START TO FINISH, AND IT WAS JUST LIKE -- THERE WAS MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO DEESCALATE AND THAT WASN'T THE CASE FROM THE START TO THE FINISH.

AS WE LEARNED WITH THAT TRIAL THAT THERE WERE SOME DISCREPANCIES, LET'S SAY, BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE SAYING, WELL, THIS WASN'T TECHNICALLY A CHOKE HOLD.

THIS WAS MORE OF A --

THEY TRIED TO RENAME IT.

FIVE YEARS LATER THEY TRIED TO RENAME IT A SEAT BELT HOLD, AN ARM BAR MANEUVER, YEAH.

WHAT WAS PART OF THE LARGER NARRATIVE IS THAT POLICE OFFICERS ARE IN A POSITION WHERE THEY'RE CONSTANTLY HAVING TO MAKE SPLIT SECOND DECISIONS.

SO IF THEY NEED TO TAKE DOWN SOMEONE OR ARREST SOMEONE WHO IS ARRESTING ARREST, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS SAYING THEY NEED TO USE DISCRETION AND USE WHATEVER IS AVAILABLE TO THEM.

I JUST WANTED TO GET YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT.

WELL, NUMBER ONE, ERIC GARNER WASN'T RESISTING, SO I WILL CONTINUE TO SAY THAT.

THERE WAS NO RESISTANCE BECAUSE IF THERE WAS RESISTANCE, THEY WOULD HAVE WENT THROUGH THE GLASS.

MY FATHER WOULD HAVE STOOD UP ON BOTH OF HIS LEGS AND FOUGHT BACK THE POLICE OFFICERS.

MY FATHER WAS A LICENSED BOXER.

THE STRENGTH WAS THERE.

THE POWER WAS THERE.

AND HE SUFFICED ONCE YOU STARTED TO TAKE HIM DOWN, BUT YOU DIDN'T LET HIM GO.

ONCE HE HIT THE FLOOR, HE DIDN'T LET GO.

SO FOR POLICE OFFICERS TO SAY THAT THEY HAVE TO MAKE SPLIT DECISIONS, IT IS LIKE WHAT DO YOU DECIDE WHEN SOMEONE'S LIFE IS IN DANGER?

IT DOES MATTER.

AND, LIKE, AS THEY SAID IN THE TRIAL, THERE WERE TEXT MESSAGES THAT SAID THERE WAS A DOA AND THE CAPTAIN SAID THAT'S NOT A BIG DEAL.

IT IS A BIG DEAL WHEN YOUR OFFICER KILLED SOMEONE IN BROAD DAYLIGHT ON THE STREETS WITH A CHOKE HOLD.

AND THEN FIVE YEARS LATER, LIKE WE HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYBODY SAY ANYTHING ABOUT A SEAT BELT MANEUVER, AN ARM HOLD UNTIL FIVE YEARS LATER.

THIS IS SOMETHING THEY'RE JUST COMING UP WITH.

THE STATEMENTS FROM THE FIRST DAY BY FATHER DIED, THEY'RE NOT THE SAME.

SO WHAT THEY RECORDED ON THE DAY OF AND FAST FORWARD TO 2019, THE STORIES ARE DIFFERENT.

EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED TO FIT THE NARRATIVE THAT THE COP IS TRYING TO CREATE.

IT IS LIKE THERE IS NO NARRATIVE TO CREATE WHEN WE SAW THE VIDEO FROM THE BEGINNING TO END.

THE ERIC GARNER LAW, DO YOU HAVE ANY LEGISLATURES WHO ARE BACKING IT, WHO ARE GOING TO BE INTRODUCING THIS IN ALBANY?

HAKEEM JEFFREY IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP AND I'M WORKING TO GET MORE AWARENESS ABOUT THE LAW.

AS I SAID BEFORE, IF THIS LAW IS NOT PASSED, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME ISSUES BECAUSE WE BROUGHT THIS UP YEARS AGO.

WHEN MY FATHER FIRST DIED IT WAS EXCESSIVE FORCE.

NOW THEY'RE CALLING IT THE ERIC GARNER LAW.

IT'S ALREADY BEEN SHOT DOWN ONCE.

WE'RE NOT LEAVING THEM ROOM TO SHOOT IT DOWN AGAIN.

THE STATE OF AMERICA IS AT RISK.

AND IT'S LIKE JUST BECAUSE WE FIRED ONE OFFICER AND ONE OFFICER GOT FIRED, THERE WERE MULTIPLE OTHER OFFICERS VOINLE VED.

THERE WAS A LOT OF COVER-UP, SO WITH THIS LEGISLATION IT WILL CUT OUT THE MIDDLE PERSON.

IT WILL CUT OUT THAT WAITING FIVE YEARS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BE INVOLVED, WAITING FIVE YEARS TO CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE.

SO WE WANT THIS LEGISLATION SO THAT STUFF COULD HAPPEN FAST.

NOBODY SHOULD BE WAITING FIVE YEARS FOR A DECISION.

AGAIN, I REALLY WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THERE WAS SO MUCH CONCERN ON THE PART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN TERMS OF REGULATIONS AND IN TERMS OF HOW THEY'RE ABLE TO WORK, BUT HOW WOULD YOU SEE THIS WORKING?

NOT JUST CHANGING THE WAY POLICE OFFICERS ARE ABLE TO INTERACT WITH CITIZENS HERE IN NEW YORK CITY BUT ACROSS THE STATE BECAUSE THERE IS LOTS OF DIFFERENT LAYERS OF EXCESSIVE FORCE, AS YOU WERE SAYING.

SO NOT ONLY WITH ERIC GARNER LAW.

ANDREW WAS A HUSBAND OF SEVEN WITH A WIFE WHO WAS KILLED IN UPSTATE ALBANY BECAUSE THEY NEGLECTED TO GIVE HIM MEDICAL ATTENTION.

WHEN PEOPLE ASK FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION, YOU SHOULD GIVE THEM MEDICAL ATTENTION.

WITH MY FATHER, HE WAS AN ASTHMATIC.

WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND SAY I'M HAVING AN ASTHMATIC ATTACK, YOU ARE TAKEN STRAIGHT TO THE OXYGEN ROOM.

YOU ARE GIVEN OXYGEN UNTIL THE DOCTOR CAN TALK TO YOU.

SO IT IS LIKE WHEN SOMEONE IS SAYING THAT, EVEN IF YOU DON'T KNOW THEY HAVE ASTHMA, IF YOU DON'T KNOW THEY HAVE BREATHING ISSUES, YOU STILL SHOULD GIVE THEM THE ATTENTION YOU WOULD GIVE YOUR LOVED ONE IF THEY WERE IN THAT SITUATION.

LIKE THEY'RE SAYING THAT MY FATHER WAS SELLING CIGARETTES AND HE HAD ALL THESE CIGARETTES ON THEM.

HE HAD JUST BROKEN UP A FIGHT.

HE WAS ALREADY OUT OF BREATH BECAUSE HE WAS EXCITED ABOUT IT.

AND THEY SHOW FOOTAGEWALKING AC STREET.

YOU CANNOT JUST KILL SOMEONE AND THINK IT'S OKAY BECAUSE WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH THAT.

THE FAMILY HAS TO DEAL WITH THAT.

EVERY TIME I GO AND DO AN INTERVIEW, EVERY TIME I COME TO TALK TO YOU OR AN ANCHOR, I'M RE-LIVING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

IMAGINE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE TO COME.

LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO KEEP KILLING US AND WE'RE GOING TO KEEP SAYING THE SAME SORRY AND THE SAME SORRY AND KOE DCONDOLE?

I'M SICK AND TIRED OF IT.

THE LEGISLATIONS AND THE POLICIES AND CHANGING THE INTERACTION WITH POLICE AND COMMUNITIES, THAT'S WHAT I'M WORKING FOR.

AND IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, GROWING UP, WE HAD OFFICER FRIENDLY.

GROWING UP WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE TRIPS TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND WE WERE ABLE TO KNOW THE POLICE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

NOW WE BRING PEOPLE FROM STATES AND NOT FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO COME INTO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO POLICE US.

IT WAS LIKE, OH, I WAS AFRAID FOR MY LIFE.

WHAT ABOUT THE PERSON WHO WAS SCARED ABOUT THEIR LIFE WHEN YOU WERE TRAINED TO KILL.

YOU ARE TRAINED TO KILL.

YOU ARE TRAINED TO TAKE A KILL SHOT.

AS A POLICE OFFICER YOU GO THROUGH EXTENSIVE TRAINING AND ALL OF THAT GOES OUT OF THE WINDOW BECAUSE YOU WERE AFRAID OF YOUR LIFE.

I'M A SOCIAL WORKER.

I GO TO SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL WORKER AND DURING MY TRAINING, I HAD TO DO CULTURAL SENSITIVITY, HOW TO INTERACT WITH PEOPLE.

WHY AREN'T PEOPLE TAKING CULTURAL SENSITIVITY CLASSES?

WHY IS IT OKAY FOR POLICE TO IGNORE OUR CULTURE.

MAYBE SOMETIMES WE ARE LOUD.

I'M A VERY LOUD PERSON PERSONALLY.

I'M A VERY BIG PERSON.

I'M SIX FOOT TALL.

I'M JUST AS TALL AS MY FATHER.

SO THEY USE THOSE TERMS TO GET THEM OUT OF SITUATIONS AND GET -- AND PRETTY MUCH GET OFF.

THE POLICE -- PAT LYNCH NEVER THOUGHT THAT PENNSYLVANIA WAS GOING TO BE FIRED AND THAT'S WHY HIS REACTION WAS THE WAY IT WAS.

HE DIDN'T THINK HOW DARE THEY FIRE MY OFFICER FOR KILLING SOMEONE.

THAT'S HIS REACTION, HOW DARE YOU, AND THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.

LET ME ASK YOU ONE MORE QUESTION ABOUT THE LEGISLATION.

SHOULD THIS GET PASSED, WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF IT?

IS IT THE CONSEQUENCES OFFICERS FACE OR SOMETHING THAT IS NOW MADE ILLEGAL AND THERE IS SOME SORT OF LIKE, I DON'T KNOW, REPERCUSSION OR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS?

EVERYTHING IS ACCOUNTABILITY.

FOR ME GROWING UP, IT IS ALL ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY.

YOU TAKE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTION.

IF SOMEBODY DIED WITHIN YOUR CARE, YOU SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

YOU WERE THE PERSON THAT WAS ARRESTED.

THIS CIVILIAN DIES IN YOUR CUS CUSTODY.

YOU SHOULD BE TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY, ESPECIALLY IF THERE IS A VIDEO FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END SHOWING THAT YOU'RE NOT TRYING TO JUSTIFY WHAT YOU DID.

IF YOU WOULD HAVE CAME OUT AND SAID, YOU KNOW, IT IS VERY UNFORTUNATE AND YOU HIDE BEHIND REPRESENTS, YOU HIDE BEHIND YOUR UNION AND IT'S NOT RIGHT.

WHAT THESE LAWS AND THESE LEGISLATIONS, POLICE WOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

FOR ME IT IS ALL ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY.

IF YOU ARE NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE, YOU ARE FREE TO WALK AROUND AND MURDER SOMEONE ELSE.

I WANT TO TURN A LITTLE BIT NOW TO YOUR FAMILY.

YOU MENTIONED THE FACT THAT EVERY TIME YOU TALK ABOUT THIS YOU RE-LIVE IT.

UNFORTUNATELY WE SAW THAT YOU LOST YOUR SISTER NOT THAT LONG AGO.

AND I'M WONDERING WHAT IS JUST THE CONSTANT RE-LIVING OF ALL OF THIS AND STILL BE FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE AS YOUR FAMILY SEES IT?

WHAT'S THAT TOLL BEEN LIKE?

FOR ME ACTIVISM KILLED MY SISTER BECAUSE MY SISTER NEVER HAD NO HEART ISSUES OR ANY OF THIS.

DURING HER PREGNANCY WITH MY NEPHEW, SHE DEVELOPED PREECLAMPSIA.

SHE HAD HEART ISSUES AFTER MY NEPHEW WAS BORN.

SHE HAD TWO HEART ATTACKS BEFORE SHE DIED.

THE LAST WAS FATALE.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S A LOT OF BEING IN YOUR INNER THOUGHTS.

MY SISTER WATCHED THE VIDEO OF MY FATHER MULTIPLE TIMES.

I WAS LIKE, I DON'T WANT TO WATCH IT AND SHE WAS SO ANGRY ALL THE TIME.

I WAS LIKE, STOP WATCHING IT BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO MAKE YOU ANGRY.

IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL SOMETHING YOU DON'T WANT TO FEEL.

I FELT LIKE SHE WENT INTO A STATE OF DEPRESSION.

WE WEREN'T GETTING NO JUSTICE.

WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING FROM, YOU KNOW, ANYBODY.

NOBODY ABOUT THE LAW.

NOBODY ABOUT THIS.

NOBODY ABOUT THAT.

IT'S LIKE SHE JUST GOT REAL SAD AND STARTED FALLING INTO A DEPRESSION.

AND THE LAST HEART ATTACK SHE HAD SHE ENDED UP IN A COMA AND SHORTLY AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY.

THIS HAPPENED ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

AND THEN MY BIRTHDAY WAS ON THE 28th.

THEY WERE SAYING SHE WASN'T GOING TO MAKE IT PAST THE 28th.

I WAS LIKE, ERICA, YOU GOT TO GET UP.

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CONTINUE THIS?

I SAY THAT ACTIVISM KILLED MY SISTER.

I SAY THAT BECAUSE SHE WAS SO CAUGHT UP THAT SHE WASN'T TAKING CARE OF HERSELF.

MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT.

MY MENTAL HEALTH WAS AT RISK AND ULTIMATELY SHE'S NO LONGER HERE WITH US.

AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY, I DIDN'T DO MUCH.

I JUST TOOK THE KIDS AND JUST STARTED TO GET THEM INTO SOME NORMAL -- INTO A NORMAL ROUTINE, GETTING BACK INTO SCHOOL AND ACTUALLY LIVING WITHOUT YOUR MOTHER.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE TO GROW UP WITHOUT A MOTHER AND FATHER.

I DON'T KNOW.

WHEN YOU SAY TAKE THE KIDS, THESE ARE YOUR NIECES AND NEPHEWS.

HOW MANY KIDS ARE IN YOUR CARE EXACTLY?

MY DAUGHTER IS 7.

SHE WAS TWO WHEN MY FATHER PASSED AWAY.

AND ALYSSA WAS FOUR --

ALYSSA WAS YOUR NIECE.

ALYSSA AND EJ, ERIC JEWEL ON, ALYSSA WAS FIVE WHEN MY FATHER PASSED AWAY.

AND EJ WAS BORN IN 2017 IN AUGUST AND ERIKA DIED IN SEPTEMBER.

HE WAS FOUR MONTHS WHEN HE CAME TO ME.

SO SHE WENT INTO THE HOSPITAL AND IT STARTED TO LOOK LIKE, YOU KNOW, THAT SHE WASN'T GOING TO MAKE IT, THAT'S WHEN WE HAD A MEETING AND EVERYONE WAS LIKE, YOU SHOULD TAKE THE GOODS.

I WAS LIKE, WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

I'M STILL DEALING WITH EMOTIONS STUFF.

I HAD TO DEAL WITH MY SISTER'S FUNERAL.

MY MOTHER DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.

I DID EVERYTHING.

IT WAS HARD FOR ME.

SO IT WAS JUST LIKE TAKING IN THE CHILDREN.

IT WAS LIKE EVERYTHING WAS IMPU IMPULSIVE.

I WAS LIKE, WE CAN'T LET THEM GET IN THE SYSTEM.

I CAN'T LET THEM GO WITH PEOPLE THAT WASN'T REALLY HER FRIENDS.

I FELT LIKE THEM BEING WITH ME WAS THE BEST OPTION AND THEN HAVING TO RE-LIVE WHAT WAS GOING ON TV.

THAT'S WHY I CLOSED OUT THE MEDIA AND EVEN FROM THE FUNERAL.

I SHUT IT DOWN.

YOU WEREN'T ALLOWED TO USE YOUR PHONE.

YOU WEREN'T ALLOWED TO RECORD.

YOU COULDN'T TAKE PICTURES OF HER IN THE KCASKET.

WHEN I WENT THROUGH EVERYTHING WITH MY FATHER, IT WAS SO FAST.

GO HERE TO DO AN INTERVIEW, AND IT WAS JUST LIKE I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR ME.

SO WHEN MY SISTER PASSED AWAY, I DID VERY MINIMAL MEDIA.

I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.

I WAS GOING TO WORK, COMING HOME, TAKING CARE OF KIDS.

PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT MENTAL STRAIN IT TAKES ON YOU.

YOU'RE SITTING ON THE TRAIN AND PEOPLE ARE TALKING, OH, ERIC GARNER RESISTED.

THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE DID THIS.

THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT.

I'M JUST LIKE, PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE WHAT THEY SAY AND WHO IS AROUND THEM AND I HAVE TO LISTEN TO IT.

MY FINAL TWO QUESTIONS.

FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO ADDRESS YOUR T-SHIRT HERE JUST SO EVERYBODY SEES IT.

IT IS YOUR FATHER --

I CAN'T BREATHE ON TOP OF IT.

IT WAS CREATED BY A YOUNG GIRL OCEAN.

SHE'S A COLLEGE GRADUATE.

CONGRATULATIONS, OCEAN.

SHE MADE THIS T-SHIRT.

I WAS GOING TO THE HUDDLE, THE PROGRAM THAT SHE HAS EVERY MONDAY.

AFTER MY FATHER DIED I STARTED GOING THERE BECAUSE I WAS LIKE, I NEED TO FIND MY VOICE.

I NEED TO FIND SOMETHING TO DO.

I CAN'T TAKE MY DAUGHTER EVERYWHERE I GO, BUT THE HUDDLE WAS SOMEWHERE I COULD GO.

THE GIRL MADE THE SHIRT AND BROUGHT IT TO HUDDLE.

THE MONEY SHE RAISED, SHE PUT IT BACK INTO MAKING MORE SHIRTS AND NOW WE HAVE OUR T-SHIRT LINE COMING OUT.

WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH I WANT TO CALL IT PROTEST GEAR.

SO I'M MAKING DIFFERENT T-SHIRTS, WRISTBANDS JUST SO PEOPLE CAN KNOW.

I'M ACTUALLY CHANGING THE I CAN'T BREATHE TO WE CAN'T BREATHE BECAUSE WE HAVE LOST TWO OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS, SO IT'S WE CAN'T BREATHE.

UNFORTUNATELY, ONE QUESTION MOST IMPORTANTLY IS GIVEN EVERYTHING THAT YOUR FAMILY HAS BEEN THROUGH, HOW ARE YOU TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF, ESPECIALLY TAKING CARE OF THREE BABIES?

IT IS SUPER HARD.

I AM STRESSED OUT.

I CAN IMAGINE.

THE KIDS ARE CRAZY, BUT I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.

THEY KEEP ME ON MY TOES.

WE DO A LOT OF YELLING.

WE DO A LOT OF FAMILY MEETINGS.

WE TALK BETWEEN THE THREE OF US BECAUSE EJ DON'T TALK.

HE JUST SAY RIGHT NOW.

BUT WITH MY NIECE AND MY DAUGHTER I TRY TO KEEP AN OPEN TABLE.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU DON'T LIKE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

SOMETIMES I'LL BE LIKE WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO.

SO WE CAME THROUGH IT.

I MEAN, I BIT OFF MORE THAN I COULD CHEW.

I DO.

BUT I GET UP.

YES, DO YOU HAVE HELP?

DO YOU HAVE A NETWORK OR SOMETHING OF PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPORTING.

I HAVE SOME PEOPLE SUPPORTING ME.

MY FRIEND, MOUSEY, SHE WATCHES EJ FOR ME UNTIL I CAN FIND SOME DAY CARE.

I'M GOING TO BE LOOKING INTO DAY CARE.

IF THERE IS EVERYBODY IN HARLEM THAT HAS SPACE, LET ME KNOW.

BUT I GET A LOT OF HELP FROM MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

AND NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK, I LET THE KIDS GO AROUND.

WHEN WE GO, THEY CAN COME WITH ME, SO THAT'S THE BEST PART.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR OPENING UP ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND ALL OF YOUR LOSS AND OF COURSE THE WORK YOU ARE TRYING TO DO GET THE ERIC GARNER LAW PASSED.

WE WILL BE FOLLOWING ALONG CLOSELY.

THANK YOU.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

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