- The Washington Times - Friday, December 5, 2014

Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner — who died after he was put in a police chokehold on the streets of New York — said it wasn’t so much racism but officer Daniel Pantaleo’s pride that escalated the altercation and led to a fatal conclusion.

“This is not a black and white issue,” she said, in an interview with Don Lemon on CNN.

Mr. Lemon then asked again if she thought race played any part in her dad’s death.

“I really doubt it,” Ms. Garner said, Mediaite reported. “It was about the officer’s pride. It was about my father being 6‘4” and 350 pounds and he wants to be the top cop that brings a big man down.”

Ms. Garner also said that she won’t be able to forgive Mr. Pantaleo, and called for him to admit his fault.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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