Eric Garner's mother is turned away from funeral for his daughter who died aged just 27 after campaigning against police brutality in the wake of his death
- Erica Garner died a week after massive Christmas Eve heart attack
- Became campaigner after father Eric died following police officer's chokehold
- Her mother Gwen Carr not allowed to attend the funeral, blaming family feud
- There was altercation outside the church in Harlem as result of her being barred
The grandmother of Erica Garner, who became a prominent activist after her father died when an officer got him in a chokehold, was barred from attending her funeral.
Gwen Carr was not allowed inside the First Corinthian Baptist Church, when she turned up at around 5pm on Monday, resulting in an altercation outside the Harlem church.
Erica, the daughter of key Black Lives Matter figure Eric Garner, died on Saturday after suffering major brain damage from a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve.
Erica Garner died on Saturday after suffering a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve
Gwen Carr was not allowed to attend her granddaughter's funeral, resulting in an altercation outside a Harlem church
Doctors said pregnancy had put a strain on the 27-year-old's heart, which was later found to be enlarged.
Carr blamed not being able to attend her daughter's funeral on her daughter-in-law, Erica's mother, Esaw 'Pinky' Garner, the New York Post reported.
She explained a family rift has been building for some years saying 'she didn't want none of our family in there, on my side — the Garners'.
Also not permitted to attend the funeral was Erica's cousin Benjamin Lawton.
'I can't say goodbye to my cousin. This is not something that we make into a media even. This is so messed up,' he told AM New York
The funeral took place at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem but Erica's cousin was said he was also barred from entering
Erica became a campaigner for police accountability following her father's death
The Rev. Al Sharpton, whose National Action Network helped organize the funeral, confirmed that 'Pinky' Garner was in charge of the guest list.
'We would not disrespect Gwen. We don't take sides with that,' he told the Post.
He later said in a statement that the National Action Network was asked to help with the funeral by Erica's mother.
'We fulfilled the requests made by Erica's mother Esaw much like we did for Eric's mother Gwen when doing Eric's Homegoing service,' he said.
'We had nothing to do with lists, as we do not know all the members of the family, and as I stated in my eulogy of Erica, I'm not on either side of a family in a civil rights case. I am on the side of justice.'
Doctors said pregnancy had put a strain on Eric Garner's heart, which was later found to be enlarged
Eric Garner was strangled to death after being stopped for selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island on July 17, 2014. Officer Daniel Pantaleo (circled, left) was seen on video putting him in a chokehold
Memorial site for choked to death resident Eric Garner
Eric Garner was stopped on Staten Island for selling untaxed cigarettes and died
Eric Garner was stopped on Staten Island for selling untaxed cigarettes and died after a white police officer subdued him with a chokehold in July 2014.
A grand jury declined to indict the officer though the city agreed to pay a $6 million civil settlement.
The 43-year-old's last words were 'I can't breathe' became a slogan for activists and the father-of-six's death sparked widespread protests.
He had been accused of illegally selling cigarettes on a sidewalk when an officer put him in the chokehold from behind and brought him down with the help of other officers.
The city medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide, with asthma and obesity as contributing factors.
Erica Garner became a voice for police accountability after his death, criticizing Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio over policing matters.
In 2016, she campaigned on behalf of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, for president.