Erica Garner Slams Clinton Campaign Over WikiLeaks Emails About Using Her Father’s Death

In WikiLeaks-released emails, Hillary Clinton’s traveling press secretary, Nick Merrill, alluded to using Eric Garner’s death to promote gun control. 

Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, in 2014 Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The daughter of Eric Garner slammed Hillary Clinton’s campaign Thursday after WikiLeaks released email conversations showing that the campaign discussed using her father’s death to protest gun violence, CNN reports.

“I’m troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed ‘using’ Eric Garner … Why would you want to ‘use’ my dad?” Erica Garner tweeted following the release.

Garner’s father died in the summer of 2014 after a New York City police officer used a choke hold while attempting to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. The officer behind the choke hold, Daniel Pantaleo, was not indicted in the case. The Justice Department is reviewing the incident.

“I know we have Erica Garner issues but we don’t want to mention Eric at all? I can see her coming after us for leaving him out of the piece,” Clinton’s traveling press secretary, Nick Merrill, wrote in an email.

According to CNN, the conversation pertained to mentioning Eric Garner in an editorial about gun violence. As CNN notes, the Clinton campaign has not commented on the recent leak or verified the authenticity of the emails.

Erica Garner also tweeted that she was interested in figuring out what, exactly, Clinton policy adviser Corey Ciorciari meant by “an Erica Garner problem.”

Garner, who has been a constant and major voice in efforts to get her father justice, continued to tweet, blasting the campaign, as well as its lack of nuance, since her father was not killed by gun violence.

Clinton staffer Maya Harris reportedly wrote that Eric Garner should not have been included in the campaign because he was not killed by gun violence.

“I’m glad you had Maya on your team to explain why you won’t be USING my dad in you[r] f–king gun violence piece…Black woman saved your ass,” Garner tweeted.

Read more at CNN

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