Eric Garner’s widow Esaw Garner speaks at a press conference next to the Rev. Al Sharpton at the National Action Network in Harlem on Dec. 6, 2014. Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Esaw Garner praised the decision to punish a police sergeant at the scene of her husband’s death but vowed Saturday to continue her battle for justice, the New York Daily News reports.
“When they indict Daniel Pantaleo, then I’ll jump for joy. Until then, I’m just gonna keep going on, using your faith and my faith and the sight of God to see that they get what they deserve,” she said at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters in Harlem.
New York City police officials placed Sgt. Kizzy Adonis on modified duty Friday, taking away her gun and shield. An internal investigation ended in departmental charges against the 14-year veteran. Adonis, who is black, was one of the supervising officers at the scene of Garner’s death 18 months ago.
Millions of people around the world have viewed the video of Pantaleo choking Garner, whose dying words were, “I can’t breathe.” Several other officers stood by during Garner’s arrest for illegally selling loose cigarettes.
A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in December 2014. But New York City settled with Garner’s family for $5.9 million.
“We want civil rights charges brought against all of them,” said Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother. “As far as I’m concerned, they all killed my son.”