The Bernie Sanders campaign released a stirring four-minute video featuring the daughter of Eric Garner, who died after police placed him in a chokehold in 2014.
Erica Garner offers an impassioned plea for Americans to support Sanders’ run for the White House in the video uploaded to YouTube on Thursday. She argues that the Vermont senator is the best option for people concerned about racial injustice in the United States.
“No one gets to see their parent’s last moments, and I was able to see my dad die on national TV. They don’t know what they took from us,” Garner says in the video. “He wasn’t just someone that no one cared for him or no one loved him. He was loved dearly.”
Her father became a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement after a video of his arrest and death at 43 in the New York City borough of Staten Island sparked outrage around the country.
“He was being the loving, caring man that he was. And he was murdered,” she said.
Garner, who first endorsed Sanders last month, said that she has protested in the name of her father’s death every Tuesday and Thursday for the past year — drawing inspiration from late civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
She said that she would support anyone who is willing to listen to and speak up for the African-American community.
“I think we need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders,” she said. “There’s no other person that’s speaking about this. People are dying. This is real. This is not TV. We need a president that will talk about it. I believe Bernie Sanders is a protester. He’s not scared to go up against the criminal justice system. He’s not scared.”
On her official website, Garner said that Sanders’ campaign was grateful for her support and asked how she would like to plug herself into it.