Restraining order filed in Eric Garner family dispute

Eric Garner and Jewel Miller (Courtesy: Jewel Miller)
Eric Garner and Jewel Miller (Courtesy: Jewel Miller)

An ugly and very public dispute between the family of Eric Garner and his girlfriend Jewel Miller has taken a new low. Miller is the mother of Garner’s 2-year-old daughter, Legacy, and had a three-year relationship with him prior to his death. Garner was married at the time to Esaw Garner and had four children. His widow acknowledged that she was aware of the relationship and the child. Last year, she told the media that she wanted no relationship with Miller or her daughter saying, “As far as her being accepted into our family, that’ll never happen. We know that’s her baby and fine, that’s what she’s entitled to.” A DNA test has proved that Legacy is his daughter and is in line to get the largest share of a pending settlement.

The Garner family reached a $5.9 million settlement with the city of New York over the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July 2014.  Officer Daniel Pantaleo choked Garner while he was selling loose cigarettes on a street corner. The incident was captured on cellphone video and made international news. His death sparked the #ICantBreathe hashtag and ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. The family insists that Miller and her daughter should get no part of the settlement. There is a case pending in court on how the money should be split.

Erica Garner (Photo Source: Twitter/Official Erica Garner @es_snipes)
Erica Garner (Photo source: Twitter/Official Erica Garner @es_snipes)

But threats by Garner’s oldest daughter, Erica, on social media has Miller in fear for her life. According to one media outlet, Garner recently posted:

“Who wanna slap jewel fa  me? … So if your reading this post and standing next to her smack the s–t out of her and remind her she was a side piece and nothing more.

“Jewel miller is an embarrassment to my dad’s legacy she never in the paper for anything positive just gossip and negative petty s–t.”

In response, Miller’s lawyers have asked Staten Island Surrogate Court Judge Robert Gigante to issue a restraining order against Erica Garner. Judge Gigante has not yet reached a decision on the request for the order. He will also be the judge who will decide how the settlement money is split between Garner’s heirs.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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