In honor of Eric Garner, the Garner family will contribute the funds raised in this campaign to the Garnerway Foundation, an organization created in Eric Garner's memory to fight against police brutality. In turn the Garnerway Foundation will primarily use the funds for scholarships to benefit children of parents killed or seriously injured by police brutality. Secondarily, the Garnerway Foundation will use the funds to unite mothers of children killed by police brutality.
For every dollar given to the disgraced, former police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, we will match and donate to the Garnerway foundation for scholarships to the children of police brutality victims and to unite mothers who have lost their children because of police brutality.
Daniel Pantaleo, the former NYPD officer responsible for the fatal chokehold on Mr. Eric Garner on Staten Island, NY in 2014, has a GoFundMe that has been started to support him after his August 19, 2019 firing because his supporters claim that he "was only doing his job!" See: https://www.gofundme.com/f/officer-daniel-pantaleos-family-legal-fund
The fatal chokehold administered on Mr.Garner was prohibited by the NYPD and prior to Mr.Garner's death, Pantaleo had a total of 18 charges and 8 cases against him with the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB). See: https://thinkprogress.org/daniel-pantaleo-records-75833e6168f3/
Pantaleo's job was to be a civil servant and to uphold the law, not to abuse his authority and disobey the law as he did on the fateful day of July 17, 2014. The police stopped Mr.Garner because they alleged he was selling illegal cigarettes, witnesses state that Mr.Garner was merely breaking up a fight. Even if what the police say is true, that Mr.Garner was selling illegal cigarettes, THE PUNISHMENT DOES NOT FIT THE CRIME!
Pantaleo was charged criminally for his actions by New York state, but the Grand Jury chose not to indict him. Further, Pantaleo was not charged with applicable civil rights violations by the federal Justice Department due to an order made on July 16, 2019 by the Republican, Trump-elected, Attorney General William P. Barr.
The criminal justice system is comprised of humans and humans are fallible. We all know that the system is not always just, but the facts remain that Mr. Garner yelled "I can't breathe!" 11 times and seven police officers stood by as they watched Panteleo put Mr.Garner in a banned chokehold. See the video here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2014/dec/04/i-cant-breathe-eric-garner-chokehold-death-video
Please help support the legacy of Eric Garner and let his family know that their husband, father, son, and beloved family member has not been forgotten! Moreover, let's show the children of police brutality victims that we care and mothers to police brutality victims know that they are not alone!