Money alone can't fix injustice.
That's the message Esaw Garner is sending after rejecting the city of New York's $5 million settlement offer in the death of her husband, Eric Garner.
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Eric, of course, was killed by officers of the New York City Police Department last July — in fact, one year ago on Friday — after being stopped for selling cigarettes on the street.
The officers, while subduing Garner, choked him and those actions led to his death. Garner's haunting, famous refrain — "I can't breathe" — was memorialized during protests in the ensuing weeks.
The offer from the city comes at a time where Esaw must decide whether to file suit, or accept a settlement; the statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit will run out Friday on the one-year anniversary.
Sources close to the Garner family allege that their attorney, Jonathan Moore, has urged the family to accept the settlement from the NYPD, and instead sue EMTs from Richmond University Medical Center, who were video taped failing to give 43-year-old Eric CPR as he lay dying.
Regardless of what Esaw and the Garner family decide in the coming days, though, nothing will bring back Eric.
[Image via Alberto Reyes/WENN.]
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