Eric Garner’s son on Wednesday condemned a Black Lives Matter leader for threatening “riots,” “fire” and “bloodshed” if Mayor-elect Eric Adams revives the NYPD’s undercover anti-gun efforts — calling it “an insult to my family and the movement at large.”
In a prepared statement, Eric Garner Jr. also called on Hawk Newsome to take back the controversial remarks he made after meeting with Adams last week.
“Hawk Newsome threatening to burn down our city in response to Mayor-Elect Eric Adams’s proposal of bringing back the anti-crime unit in plain clothes is an insult to injury to my family and the movement at large,” Garner said.
“On behalf of the entire movement I must ask you to retract your statement and redirect that righteous anger to help all of us form a more constructive way of accomplishing our goals because at the end of the day, we all we got!”
He added: “I stand with Mayor-Elect Eric Adams on this.”
The chokehold death of Garner’s dad, while he was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island in 2014, became a touchstone event for Black Lives Matter protesters, who adopted his repeated pleas of “I can’t breathe!” as a rallying cry.
The cop who put the elder Garner in the prohibited chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo, avoided criminal charges and a federal civil-rights prosecution but was fired by the NYPD in August 2019.