Eric Garner’s widow gets to stay in public housing despite millions

Photo Source: Courtesy of Esaw Garner
Photo courtesy of Esaw Garner

The widow of Eric Garner has just received a major benefit when it comes to living in New York. Esaw Snipes was the legal wife of Garner who died at the hands of police as he yelled “I can’t breathe” on July 17, 2014. His tragic death was captured on video and was the source of worldwide outrage that helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement.

The city of New York reached an agreement with Garner’s family to settle the case out of court for $5.9 million. Though the Garner family almost certainly would have received more if the case had proceeded to trial, they didn’t want to continue reliving an incident that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. In November 2016, Snipes received an initial payment of $500K and will receive the rest of her settlement money once the case is resolved between the lawyers. Now comes word from the New York Housing Authority that Snipes will be able to continue to live in her apartment at Fulton Houses in Chelsea rent free. Because of federal law, the money from her lawsuit settlement is not counted as disqualifying income. It is estimated that Snipes’ share of the settlement will be close to $2.9 million possibly making her a millionaire living in public housing.

The Garner lawsuit was ugly between family members as it became known that Garner had a girlfriend and a daughter outside of his legal marriage. Jewel 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 Garner’s daughter and is in line to get the largest share of a pending settlement.

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14 Comments
  1. The system is very backwards. There could be a family really in need of public housing and they are allowing someone (who has already been given a large sum of money and is about to inherit even more) to stay there rent free. Furthermore, why would a person want to continue to stay in public housing when they can afford to provide better housing for their family.

    1. Because she’d rather hoard and live off the taxpayers money. She’s spent her life living off the support of her criminal son. You really think she cares about doing the right thing when she’s been turning her head to all her sons illegal activity over the years?

  2. The woman has no class! A taker, generations dependent on government and taxpayer hand outs. This woman is a low life, classless, worthless, greedy creature.

      1. Cry me a river! She has the money, make room for another family who really needs the help. SHE’S SIMPLY GREEDY. She’s gaming the system like she’s always done. Like she was taught by her mother, grandmother, great grandmother. Take what the govt gives without offering anything in return. You’re just an apologist for everything race related. To you, Garner was a saint. Adios Obama and Hillary apologist!

  3. How dare any of you judge this woman. You don’t know her life and how her grandmother & great grandmother lived. Furthermore, this money was not “given” to her. It’s the result of her husbands murder, yes it was homicide! So, I dare anyone to throw that stone. But if you do, you’d probably hide your hand. Disgusting.

    1. I don’t dispute that her husband was killed and I didn’t make assumptions about her life because I don’t know her. My comment was solely based on the story and again, the money was “given”to her as as result of her husband’s death.

  4. I hope Mrs. Garner will do the RIGHT thing and give up her public housing. There is a great need out there. She can now afford to buy a house and pay the taxes for the rest of her life.

  5. That killer cop gets to keep his job as well as the benefits that comes w/it. So why not allow her to stay put. She isn’t the one who committed any crimes. She didn’t choke anyone to death purposefully. It wasn’t her fault that any of this happened. So after her husband is murdered on camera by killer cops, she’s then supposed to be kicked out of her home all b/c she received a settlement. She’ll move when and/or if she pleases.

  6. This is so Assbackwards!
    It’s so unfair for this women to live rent free in a housing project.
    And be a millionaire at the same time..
    This needs to be retracted by the courts..
    She has a life of leisure,because of cheating,begging husband,who clearly lived with his girlfriend..
    So, the murder happened on SI
    And his wife lives in queens..
    Umm..Smh!

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