Esaw Snipes: Eric Garner’s wife

esaw-garner-1There has been no shortage of community outrage in the days since the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six suspected of selling loose cigarettes, during a violent, videotaped arrest in Staten Island back in July.

Following the Staten Island prosecutor announcement that the cop who killed her husband would not be indicted, his widow, Esaw Snipes has broken her silence, saying she feels hopeless.


After she appeared on Wednesday’s press conference in which she lashed out at officer Pantaelo she added ‘As long as I have a breath in my body, I will fight.’


She made a shocking admission on Sunday saying emotionally the death of her husband wasn’t  “a black-and-white thing,”

Esaw Snipes said she believed the chokehold death of Eric Garner in NYPD custody was “murdered unjustly,” but said skin color wasn’t a factor behind his fatal arrest media reports say.

Esaw has been making demands along with others, for the civil-rights investigation announced by US Attorney General Eric Holder last week. She 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.”

46-year-old Snipes also has revealed details about her late husband saying “He tried working with the Parks Department. But he had asthma. You know? He had issues. You know? Heavy guy.


She assured and was adamant her husband never resisted arrest saying

“I’m not going to say he was a career criminal, but I’m going to say he had a past of being arrested,” Snipes said. “And he never, not once, ever resisted arrest.”



Snipes-Garner refused to accept the apology the officer issued to her family saying

‘The time to apologize or have any remorse would have been when my husband was screaming and he couldn’t breathe,’

Ms. Snipes has lived in Brooklyn and Sataten Island, her relatives are listed as Dorothy, Erica, Diane, Van and Shardinee Snipes. She attended Clara Barton High School.

You can find her on Facebook here.