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“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”.

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  • Anthony

    White folks are forever trying to guilt trip us into being “good Christians” and forgiving them. When white folks start cutting stickup men slack because they can’t get a job, or helping a sister caught up in fraud, find financial aid for school, I will see them as worthy of forgiveness themselves.

    • Love.tweet.joi

      You betta PREACH!

  • Anonin

    She told it. She didn’t just lose a husband she lost income for her kids! His sorry ass probably would have seen her as a welfare queen any other time.

  • Mary Burrell

    He is a murderer screw him and his apology.

  • itgurl_29

    God bless Mrs. Garner. She is a breath of fresh air. Black folks are ALWAYS so quick to forgive those who hate us. So quick to pray for those who hate us. I was so glad to, for once, see a black woman use the true POWER of UNFORGIVENESS as a weapon against those who killed her husband.

  • Somebody

    I absolutely understand Mrs. Garner’s sentiments, and I know I would have had an even stronger response. I’ve lost someone unjustly not through a cop though, and I haven’t reached forgiveness as of today.

    That being said, I know I’ll have to if I profess to be a Christian and want my own sins to be forgiven. It might not happen today or tomorrow but it is something that I’ll have to try. That doesn’t mean I won’t seek justice. Just like our parents forgive us but we still face the consequences, even when I personally reach forgiveness, I will fight to death for justice! So while I understand Mrs. Gardner, I don’t think we on the outside should encourage her to not forgive that murderer. If I knew her personally, I wouldn’t pressure her to forgive but I wouldn’t encourage her to do otherwise either. It’s her own healing process.

    As for White people wanting us to be Christians and forgive, etc., I’ll say this: Regardless of what they want, we (on an individual level) are free to do what we want but ultimately we should do what we know and believe is right for us as individuals physically, emotionally and especially spiritually.

    On that note, I hope Mrs. Gardner and her family get justice. The evidence is crystal clear!