Wearing mostly white, civil rights leaders and family members gathered around Eric Garner’s grave on Sunday to mark the third anniversary of his death.
After attending a service at New Hope Baptist Church in Elizabeth, the group traveled to Linden to visit Garner’s gravesite at the Rosedale Cemetery.
His mother, Gwen Carr, had a chair and sat near her son’s headstone. In the peaceful cemetery, surrounded by other mothers who had also lost their loved ones to police, she reached down to touch his stone. “I will not give up until justice is served,” she said.
The heartbroken partner of a man who died after being restrained by police has told how her tears will not dry until she gets justice for him. Collette Bell says she has researched deaths in custody similar to boyfriend Sheku Bayoh’s and has been left “horrified”.
She also told of her grief at the loss of Sheku – who she called Sheik – and how their five-month-old son Isaac constantly reminds her of his dad.
The 27-year-old will join his family and friends at a series of events to raise funds for their campaign to find out how Sheku died.
Several thousand people have held a protest in New York City on the first anniversary of Eric Garner’s death at the hand of police. Garner, a 43-year-old African American from Staten Island, died last year after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.
A grand jury later declined to indict eight-year NYPD veteran Daniel Pantaleo, sparking weeks of angry protests in New York and elsewhere in the United States. Garner’s death was captured on camera.