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Widow of Eric Garner Says Race Is NOT a Motive In Chokehold Death of her Husband

December 8, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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According to the New York Post, the widow of Eric Garner says the chokehold death of her husband as he was being arrested by the NYPD wasn’t “a black-and-white thing.”

Esaw Snipes the widow of Garner said Sunday, the statements stunned many and differs sharply from lawmakers and protesters who have seized on the racial aspect of the case.

Esaw Snipes said she believed her husband was “murdered unjustly,” but said skin color wasn’t a factor behind his fatal arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island last summer.

The statement flies in the face of demands by Snipes and others — including the Rev. Al Sharpton — for the civil-rights investigation announced by US Attorney General Eric Holder last week.

“I don’t even feel like it’s a black-and-white thing, honestly, you know, in my opinion,” Snipes told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I really don’t feel like it’s a black-and-white thing. I feel like it’s just something that he continued to do and the police knew. You know, they knew.”

A grand jury on Wednesday did not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo — touching off protests nationwide in which marchers cite race as the core issue.

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