Last summer, news broke out that New York resident Eric Garner died after police officer Daniel Panaloe, put him in a chokehold. The death was apparently caused by Garner refusing the orders from Panaloe and other law enforcement official, Justin Damico. Since the shocking news (and video footage) surfaced, supporters have conducted rallies to protest against police brutality and have also gathered on crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe, Fundly, and Indiegogo to help give donations to Garner’s family during this tragic time.
Now the Garner’s love ones have revealed that they have yet to see any of funds from 19 campaigns. According to RT, a quick review of the campaign shows that one Indiegogo campaign, “Fund for the Children of Eric Garner,” received $44,567. A Fundly initiative, “Eric Garner Family Support Fund” gained $74,684, and GofundMe campaigns “Help Eric Garner’s Widow” reached $1,675.
During a recent interview with DNAinfo, Eric’s daughter, Erica, stated, “I feel like people are trying to use my father’s name for their own gain. It’s unfortunately a sad situation.”
The media outlet shared that a GoFundMe campaign,”Support For Esaw Garner,” which is organized by advocacy group The Charlotte Activist Collective is looking to raise $10,000 for Garner’s widow, Esaw Snipes.The campaign’s description reads, “We’ve been in touch with Esaw Garner and she supports our fundraising efforts. We’ve been in touch with the Garner family and we will soon personally be going to deliver your donations to them. When we do so, we will post ANY and all media and messages here and on our social media page. Please donate and/or share with your family, friends, and acquaintances online and off.”
While Snipes has yet to comment about the project, Erica and Eric’s mother Gwen Carr shared that they had never heard of the fund. Although the spokesperson from GoFundMe refused to duscuss the campaign(s), they did say that the Garner family ad donors may contact the platform directly if they had any issues or concerns about the legitimacy of the campaigns.
Erica also noted that she’s currently seeking legal action against the various campaigns that are not affiliated with the family.
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