The Black Lives Matter activist arrested exterior Erica Garner’s funeral Monday night time mentioned holding an anti-racism protest was what the late younger chief “would have carried out.”
“She’s been an inspiration to us,” mentioned Jason Woody after he was launched with out bail from Manhattan Prison Courtroom Tuesday on prices of obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, marijuana possession and disorderly conduct.
Prosecutors additionally mentioned Woody mouthed off to his arresting officer, repeating, “F–k the police.”
Woody, a motorbike messenger from Brooklyn, held a protest exterior Erica Garner’s funeral — insisting the push for racial equality and justice was an acceptable goodbye for the 27-year-old fighter. “It’s what Erica would have carried out,” he added.
The activism of Erica Garner
Woody, 34, mentioned he had marched with Garner to protest the demise of her father, Eric Garner, by the hands of police. Eric Garner, 43, died in 2014 whereas subdued with a police chokehold throughout his arrest for allegedly promoting unfastened cigarettes on Staten Island.
“It’s how we keep in mind our pal and comrade,” he added. “It’s as a result of Eric Garner’s homicide that I bought concerned in activism within the first place.”
Woody’s arrest exterior Erica Garner’s memorial was captured on video. Footage reveals Woody the bottom and reciting Eric Garner’s final phrases, “I can’t breath” — which grew to become a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter.
He mentioned his group was working to reveal that there was no justice for Eric Garner.
“You bought politicians sitting inside her funeral who did not get justice for [ERICA]and her household,” he added.
Erica Garner grew to become a outstanding critic of police after her father’s demise. She died on Dec. 30, every week after struggling an enormous coronary heart assault.
Stress brewed exterior the First Corinthian Baptist Church when her grandmother Gwen Carr was denied entry to her companies.
Hawk Newsome, chief of BLM’s native chapter, was exterior the occasion. He mentioned police mustn’t have arrested Woody there.
“They choked the life out of Eric Garner and the tip results of that was his daughter having a coronary heart assault,” Newsome mentioned.
“In order that they triggered this demise. They created the local weather the place her coronary heart assault might happen,” he added. “So so far as I’m involved, the NYPD killed each of them and Woody was doing a fantastic job as an activist in representing them …”