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Eric Garner is Murdered
Eric Garner is Murdered

Eric Garner dies died after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in an illegal choke hold during an arrest for illegally selling cigarettes in Staten Island, New York. Garner's last words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

His death ruled a homicide

The city medical examiner’s office rules Garner’s death a homicide caused by neck compression from a choke hold. Eight days later on August 9, 2014, Michael Brown is shot to death by a Ferguson Missouri police officer.

The Movement is Born

Over 2,500 people march on Staten Island in protest of Garner’s death.

No Justice, No Peace

A grand jury weighing whether to indict him finds “no reasonable cause” to bring charges against Pantaleo, triggering protests. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says federal authorities will conduct a civil rights investigation.

Settling with the NYPD
Settling with the NYPD

The Garner family settles a lawsuit against the city for $5.9 million. In April of 2015, Walter Scott is shot in the back five times by North Charleston, South Carolina police officers..

Engaging the Justice Department
Engaging the Justice Department

Garner’s family, along with Al Sharpton, meet privately with Justice Department officials. They are told the investigation is still active. By now, Freddie Gray and Philando Castille have both been murdered by police officers.

Federal civil rights prosecutors recommend charging Pantaleo.
Federal civil rights prosecutors recommend charging Pantaleo.

Several months later, Botham Jean is shot to death by an off-duty police officer in Dallas Texas.

A Disciplinary Trial Begins
A Disciplinary Trial Begins

After persistent delays, the disciplinary trial of Pantaleo begins

A Failure of The System

Federal prosecutors announce that they will not press charges in the death of Eric Garner

Pantaleo is Fired – Finally

The NYPD terminated Pantaleo's employment with the New York Police Department, stating that it would not be possible for Pantaleo to serve effectively, and that Pantaleo's decision to maintain the chokehold on the ground is what led to his firing

Another Senseless Killing
Another Senseless Killing

Breonna Taylor was shot eight times as she was sleeping in her Louisville, Kentucky apartment during a police drug raid, in which her boyfriend fired a warning shot, claiming he did not hear police knock.

George Floyd

George Floyd was subdued with a knee to the neck for nine minutes by Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

The Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold act is passed

On June 8, 2020, both houses of the New York state assembly passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act, which stipulates that any police officer in the state of New York who injures or kills somebody through the use of "a chokehold or similar restraint" can be charged with a class

Eric Garner Way
Eric Garner Way

A stretch of the Staten Island street where Eric Garner died after a police chokehold was renamed in honor of the man whose cries of “I can’t breathe” spawned the national “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The Battle Continues

Gwen Carr attends oral arguments for a legal battle over redacted information in the police records relevant to Eric’s 2014 death at the hands of ex-NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo.

A Remembrance

The first annual Eric Garner Rememberance Gala is held.

A Commemorative Documentary
A Commemorative Documentary

The E.R.I.C. Initiative Foundation announces "Losing Eric Garner" a full-length documentary about the life and legacy of Eric Garner.

The Journey Continues
The Journey Continues

The world commemorates the 10th year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, and the movement it sparked.

Ten Years Later

Advancing Change and Shaping an Equitable Future

As we reflect on the progress and the path ahead, the echoes of “I can’t Breathe” continue to inspire action. Anti-Choke hold laws have been a significant step, yet the journey towards justice, accountability, and change is still a challenge. As we honor Eric’s memory, we recognize that our collective efforts must persist to ensure a future where such tragedies are a relic of the past.

Losing Eric Garner:
The Documentary

A tribute to the 10 year anniversary
of Eric Garner’s passing

We are hard at work producing “Losing Eric Garner”, a film that transcends beyond the headlines to reveal the human story. Through intimate interviews with Eric’s family, including Ms. Gwen Carr, and reflective stories from figures like Rev. Al Sharpton and Ben Crump, this film paints a vivid portrait of the man, the movement, and the ongoing quest for justice.


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