"This Ends Today" opens with audio of Garner shouting, "I can't breathe"

By Tara Fowler
Updated January 09, 2015 02:10 PM
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The family of Eric Garner has released a song in his memory.

Garner was 43 when he died in a chokehold while in police custody on July 17. In early December, a New York City grand jury voted not to indict the police officer responsible, adding to nationwide protests following 18-year-old Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in November.

Titled “This Ends Today,” the song features Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, and relative Steven Flagg rapping about the pain of their loss.

The Garner arrest was videotaped and posted online, where he can be seen telling police officers multiple times, “I can’t breathe.” The song opens with Garner’s final words, which became a rallying cry for protests across the country.

Just before Christmas, two policemen in Brooklyn were killed by a gunman who authorities say was seeking revenge for the deaths of Garner and Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Eric Garner’s other daughter, Emerald Garner, visited a memorial for the slain officers last month, telling the crowd assembled, “I just had to come out and let their family know that we stand with them.”

She continued, “I don’t feel conflicted because I was never anti-police.”

Listen to “This Ends Today” below: