In this four-minute online film released by the Bernie Sanders campaign, Erica Garner talks about her life as an activist in the wake of the 2014 death of her father Eric, who died in a police chokehold that a bystander caught on video. (A New York grand jury declined to bring charges against the officer who killed Eric Garner. The U.S. Justice Department then launched a civil rights investigation; a grand jury is currently hearing evidence on the case.)
"I was able to see my dad die on national TV," she says in the powerful film, before going on to explain why she identifies with Sen. Sanders and has endorsed him. Clips of Sanders speaking on the campaign trail -- "When a police officer breaks the law, that officer must be held accountable," he says -- are interspersed with scenes of Garner leading street protests.
Titled "It's Not Over," the film was directed by Paul Hairston and Julian Mulvey out of New York production company Acres.
MSNBC political correpondent Kasie Hunt tweeted last night: "Sanders campaign has a 2-minute Erica Garner vid they will air on national cable. They tried to buy 4 min on CNN, MSNBC, BET -- turned down." In a follow-up response to one of her followers on Twitter, she added, "There just isn't any such thing as a 4-minute commercial break so it's not really possible to air an ad that long."
As CNN reported, Bernie Sanders met with civil rights activist Al Sharpton in Harlem on Wednesday, as "part of the Vermont senator's effort to court support among the African-American community." Among the topics they discussed: police brutality.
Last August, a Gallop poll indicated that Hillary Clinton enjoyed an 80% favorable rating among U.S. blacks; at the time only 33% of U.S. blacks had heard of Bernie Sanders.
Previously, Sen. Sanders' campaign released an ad that called on diverse groups to "Vote Together," as well as another, set to Simon & Garfunkel's "America," that tugged on heartstrings.