- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 7, 2014

Eric Garner’s widow, Esaw, said Sunday that she believes her husband was “murdered unjustly” by New York police, but she doesn’t think race was a contributing factor in his death.

“I feel that he was murdered unjustly. I don’t even feel like it’s a black and white thing, honestly,” Esaw Garner said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“It wasn’t like it was a shock. … They knew him by name,” she said. “I’m not going to say he was a career criminal, but I’m going to say he had a past of being arrested. … And he never, not once, ever resisted arrest.”

A grand jury decided last week not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, for the death of Eric Garner, who was black. The decision sparked nationwide protests by many who believe the police are guilty of brutality and racial profiling.

Mrs. Garner said she still hoped Officer Daniel Pantaleo would be charged so she could have her day in court.

“It would only be right, not only for my husband but for all the other young men and women,” she said.

Mrs. Garner was accompanied by Al Sharpton, who said he plans to launch a national march against police violence in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13. The families of Garner, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley and Trayvon Martin will be in attendance and are expected to call on Congress to investigate the cases, NBC News reported.

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