After the ambush-style murder of two police officers in Brooklyn last week, the NYPD did not respond kindly to an alleged tweet made by Eric Garner's daughter Erica on Christmas Day, reports the New York Post. The tweet was said to have included a link that gave out the address of Justin D’Amico, who was present when Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in an illegal chokehold that led to his death. D'Amico got immunity to testify before the Staten Island grand jury that cleared Pantaleo.
In a screen grab from The Blaze, the tweet reads: “@DoxxTheWorld: NYPD’s Justin D’amico #Doxx: [redacted] just something light. another officer that helped killed my dad.” "Doxx" is a slang term for revealing someone's private information, such as an address or phone number, on the Internet.
The tweet went out to Erica Garner's 5,000-plus Twitter followers and linked to a Web page that lists addresses for D’Amico and his relatives. It was deleted, according to the New York Post after the paper contacted her.
More than six people have been arrested for threatening copycat killings of NYPD officers in the wake of the murders of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu last Saturday.
An NYPD source told the Post that Garner’s tweet was “disgusting” and that it “poses grave danger” to D’Amico. “She clearly wants someone to go to the officer’s house and assassinate him in cold blood just like Ramos and Liu,” the source said. Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, called the tweet “terrible behavior that continues to cause divisive actions throughout the city.”
“Nobody in the Garner family, including Erica," Garner's family lawyer Jonathan Moore told the Post, "would consciously send information out about the personal address or phone number or any identifying information about the police officers, particularly after what happened to those two officers." He said that although Garner did tweet the link, she didn't know what it contained.
Garner tweeted that she never opened the link and was unaware what it connected to. "The tweet was retweeted to me," she wrote.
Now they wanna blame me for people violence and disgrace like i had mind control over sick ppl actions#ICantBreathe
— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 26, 2014
That tweet was retweeted to me ... it was a link i never opened all i seen was the officer name didnt think twice but ppl changed my words
â€” officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 26, 2014