The wife of Eric Garner, the New York man choked to death on video by a police officer, has spoken out to dismiss claims that the incident was racially motivated.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Esaw Snipes said “I don’t even feel like it’s a black-and-white thing, honestly, you know, in my opinion.”
Garner’s wife said she believes her husband was “murdered unjustly,” but that his skin color had nothing to do with it.
Snipes said that during routine encounters with police, officers would fixate on the fact that Garner had a history of selling loose cigarettes, saying the cops “harassed” the couple when they were out shopping.
“They said things to us: ‘Hi, Cigarette Man. Hey, Cigarette Man Wife.’ You know? Stuff like that,” she said.
“I feel like it’s just something that he continued to do and the police knew. You know, they knew.” Snipes added, after explaining that Garner often turned to selling cigarettes because he failed to hold down a job due to poor health and laziness.
“He tried working with the Parks Department. But he had asthma. You know? He had issues. You know? Heavy guy. And he was very lazy. You know? He didn’t like to do anything,” she said.
Snipes also stated that as far as she knew, Garner never resisted arrest. “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.”
The comments echo those of Garner’s daughter , who revealed to CNN last week that she did not consider race to be a factor leading to her father’s murder.
“This is not a black and white issue,” Erica Garner told Don Lemon, adding “This is a national crisis,” while appealing for unity.
“I mean for White people to come out and show how deeply they was hurt, and like Asians and, you know, different people from different nations and different parts of the world to come out and show that they felt the same way I felt on that video, I greatly appreciate it. It’s like a sense of I’m not the only one that feels this way.” the young girl urged.
Similar comments were made by a cousin of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson. Ty Pruitt contacted Infowars to express his agreement that the protests against the deaths of Brown and Eric Garner should not be focused around race, but on preventing police brutality.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) December 5, 2014
The comments all fly in the face of a narrative driven by big media and lawmakers that a racial divide is to blame for such incidents, a falsity that is now also stoking violence and unrest amongst protests.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, andPrisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.