Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner–who was killed in July when an officer on Staten Island allegedly placed him in a chokehold–has tweeted out the address Justin D’Amico, one of the officers involved. The tweet was viewed by hundreds of people on Twitter before the social media site removed it.
A source with the NYPD said that the “disgusting” tweet was sent out because she “clearly wants someone to go to the officer’s house and assassinate him in cold blood just like [Rafael] Ramos and [Wenjian] Liu.”
Officers Liu and Ramos were shot and killed last Saturday in an ambush attack by Ismaaiyl Brinsley. The shootings followed weeks of racially charged protests in the city after a Staten Island grand jury decided on December 3rd not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the July 17th death of Garner. It was during an arrest linked to the sale of untaxed cigarettes that police union officials said an authorized move was used to subdue Eric Garner. Video of the arrest shows what protesters are still calling an illegal chokehold.
#EricGarner's daughter: "He did everything for his kids. Why did you have to take my dad away from me?" http://t.co/0hvCanAXC5
— GuardianUS (@GuardianUS) December 23, 2014
Ed Mullins is the head of the NYPD sergeants union. He called Ms. Garner’s tweet “terrible behavior that continues to cause divisive actions throughout the city. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
While Erica Garner is no doubt distraught over her father’s death, she has no right to jeopardize anyone on the police force. Do you think Ed Mullins’ comment is a bit inflammatory, however? Might that negative remark simply incite even more hate?
Should Erica Garner face any repercussions for having posted the officer’s address on Twitter?