Esaw Snipes-Garner, Eric Garner's widow, said Sunday she sees her late husband's choke-hold death at the hands of a New York Police officer as unjust. She also told NBC's "Meet the Press" police had harassed her family, calling Garner "Cigarette Man" and herself "Cigarette Man Wife."
"I feel that he was murdered unjustly," Snipes-Garner said. "I don't even feel like it's a black and white thing, honestly, you know, in my opinion. ... I feel like it's just something that he continued to do [sell illegal cigarettes] and the police knew."
Garner died in July as police wrestled him to the sidewalk in a choke hold. Protests have rippled nationwide since a grand jury announced Wednesday it had declined to indict the police officer who caused Garner's death. More protests are planned for this week.
Snipes-Garner said she moved her family away from Staten Island because she is afraid of the police.
"I couldn't stay there anymore. You know? And everything on Staten Island is centered on Bay Street. So one way or the other, you had to go to Bay Street. And that's where they all are. And they all knew where I was as well, you know," Snipes-Garner said.
Earlier this week, Garner's children told Yahoo the video of their father's confrontation with the New York Police shows he didn't resist arrest.
"Hands up," Eric Garner Jr. said. "They didn't read him his rights."
"I can't answer why they didn't help him, but that's my question," Erica Garner said. "Why didn't they help him if their job is to save people? I feel like they treated him like an animal."
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has tried to show empathy to protesters while maintaining respect for his police department. On ABC's "The Week" Sunday, he wouldn't say whether he respects the grand jury's decision but said he respects the process.
“I make it a point not to talk about any element of judicial process per se. ... As an executive in public service I think it’s important to respect the judicial process," de Blasio said.