Eric Garner’s daughter attended the memorial for two slain NYPD officers on Monday and spoke to the media about her decision to do so. According to ABC News, Emerald Snipes wanted to show her support to the families who lost loved ones in last week’s brutal attack.
Emerald Snipes, Eric Garner’s daughter visited the memorial for Officer Ramos + Officer Liu today to pay her respects pic.twitter.com/loYwoeHJhA
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 23, 2014
“I just had to come out and let their family know that we stand with them, and I’m going to send my prayers and condolences to all the families who are suffering through this tragedy. I was never anti-police. Like I said before, I have family that’s in the NYPD that I’ve grown up around, family reunions and everything so my family you know, we’re not anti-police,” Emerald Snipes said.
Eric Garner’s daughter spoke to the crowd gathered at the memorial site. According to the New York Post, the 22-year-old was really touched by 13-year-old Jaden Ramos’ post on Facebook. Emerald says that she knows what it feels like to lose your father, and she wanted to be there to support Jaden and to let him know that he’s not alone. Jaden’s father was one of the officers killed by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28. Officer Rafael Ramos was shot in the head by Brinsley, who was described as mentally unstable.
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) December 23, 2014
“The youngest daughter of cop-chokehold victim Eric Garner lit a blue candle at the memorial before telling a crowd of more than 300 people that she visited Ramos’ family after reading his son Jaden’s touching tribute to his dad on Facebook,” reports the New York Post.
Eric Garner’s daughter is being praised for attending the memorial.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Eric Garner was killed when NYPD officers held him in a chokehold. There has been some indication that Garner was killed in some sort of personal vendetta, but no one is facing charges or consequences of any kind in the case, which has caused a significant amount of outrage across the country.
Video of the 43-year-old father being choked to death has gone viral since he died. Garner’s family has pleaded for peace since the murders of the NYPD officers, according to USA Today.
[Photo courtesy of ABC News]