“Hell no” was the response Esaw Garner gave when asked if she accepted the apology from Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who was vindicated for placing her husband, Eric Garner, in a chokehold that led to his death this past July.
While addressing the media after the grand jury’s decision, Garner expressed her desire to seek justice for her husband’s killing,
“I’m determined to get justice for my husband”. “He shouldn’t have been killed that in that way”.
Pantaleo released a statement right after his acquittal and asked the Garner family to “accept my personal condolences for their loss”.
But Garner rejected the Staten Island officer’s intended good will, “I could care less about his condolences, he’s still working, he’s still getting a paycheck, he’s still feeding his kids. And my husband is 6 feet under, and I’m looking for a way to feed my kids now”.
Garner who was surrounded by family members and the Rev. Al Sharpton, went on to point out that Pantaleo’s actions resulted in the untimely death of her husband, “The time for remorse would have been when my husband was screaming to breath”. “That would have been the time to show some type of remorse or some type of care for another human being’s life, when he was screaming 11 times that he can’t breathe”.