Eric Garner's Daughter Blasts Hillary Clinton Campaign Over WikiLeaks Emails About Her Father

WikiLeaks emails show Clinton advisers' deciding whether to include Garner.

ByABC News
October 28, 2016, 3:17 PM

— -- The daughter of a New York City man who died after he was placed in a chokehold by city police lashed out against the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton over purportedly hacked emails released by WikiLeaks that show campaign aides weighing whether to refer to her father's death in a planned newspaper op-ed.

Erica Garner, whose father Eric Garner's death in July 2014 sparked widespread protests, on Thursday tweeted her disapproval over what she apparently sees as the campaign considering "using" her father’s death to promote a political viewpoint.

“I'm troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed ‘using’ Eric Garner ... Why would you want to ‘use’ my dad?” read one of Garner’s tweets.

Erica Garner endorsed Clinton’s Democratic primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in February and appeared in campaign advertisements for him.

She is apparently referring in her tweets to emails released by WikiLeaks that were purportedly hacked from the accounts of Clinton campaign senior aides in which a group of staffers debate the content and language of an op-ed to be placed in the New York Daily News last March. One email, purportedly written by campaign press secretary Nick Merrill, raises concern over the campaign’s relationship with Erica Garner.

“Finally, I know we have Erica Garner issues but we don't want to mention Eric at all? I can see her coming after us for leaving him out of the piece,” wrote Merrill in a March 17 message to Clinton policy adviser Corey Ciorciari.

The campaign ultimately decided not to refer to Eric Garner in the op-ed that was published March 27. Maya Harris, a senior policy adviser to Clinton, clarifies in one email: “Eric Garner not included because not killed by gun violence.”

Garner’s tweets suggest she sees a similar distinction between police violence and gun violence, though that does not appear to have softened her view of the campaign’s email exchange.

“These people will co-opt anything to push their agenda. Police violence is not the same as gun violence,” she wrote on Twitter.

The op-ed published under Clinton's name was titled "Take dead aim against gun violence: Hillary Clinton urges closing loopholes that cost lives," and advocated for changes in firearms laws and regulations, including repealing a federal law that gives gun manufacturers broad protection against lawsuits.

Asked by ABC News about the email exchange concerning the op-ed, the Clinton campaign said, "We decline to confirm the authenticity of any individual emails that have been hacked by the Russian government."

The campaign has similarly not confirmed or denied the authenticity of any of the emails published by WikiLeaks or commented on any content in them. ABC News has not determined the authenticity of the emails published by WikiLeaks.