To commemorate the life of Eric Garner—who was choked to death by an NYPD officer in 2014—the Garner family has recorded “I Can’t Breathe,” the last words to come from the 43-year-old father of six.
In a video that was widely circulated online, Garner repeated “I can’t breathe” 11 times before he died. The officer who choked him, Daniel Pantaleo, was not indicted. Garner’s family told Billboard that their song, embedded above, "is dedicated to the struggle everyone is going through.” Addressing their family’s loss and anger, the song is particularly significant in light of the past week’s racially charged violence in America.
Garner’s sister Ellisha Flagg sings while Steven Flagg can be heard rapping: “I’m tired of a system that will never love me / A system that took my brother from me / No matter how much money I receive, I can hear my brother crying ‘I can’t breathe.’”