NYPD officers are furious after one of Eric Garner’s daughters on Christmas Day posted personal information about an NYPD cop who was present during the arrest and subsequent death of her father. The post outraging officers still reeling from last weekend’s execution-style slayings of two policemen in Brooklyn.
Erica Garner tweeted that Justin D’Amico was “another officer that helped killed [sic] my dad,” which was linked to a Web page that lists addresses for D’Amico and five possible relatives.
According to the report, the tweet was viewed roughly 500 times before Garner’s stunning tweet was deleted following inquiries by The New York Post.
The incredibly irresponsible move came less than a week after a gunman claiming revenge for Eric Garner and Michael Brown fatally shot NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, and at a time when cops were on high alert over dozens of copy-cat threats this week that have led to more than a half-dozen arrests.
Ed Mullins, the head of the NYPD sergeants union, said the tweet was “terrible behavior that continues to cause divisive actions throughout the city.”
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” he added.
D’Amico got immunity to testify before the Staten Island grand jury that cleared fellow cop Daniel Pantaleo of wrongdoing in Eric Garner’s July 17 death. Garner was resisting arrest when police found him illegally peddling loose cigarettes.
In her 1:45 a.m. tweet, Erica Garner posted a link to a page on the pastebin.com Web site, which lets users anonymously post plain-text documents for public viewing.
She called the information about D’Amico “just something light” and included the hashtag #Doxx, which refers to the online practice of revealing private details about people’s lives.
Garner family lawyer Jonathan Moore, who is preparing a $75 million suit against the city, didn’t deny that Erica Garner posted the tweet, but maintained that she “did not have any knowledge of what was in those links.”
“Nobody in the Garner family, including Erica, would consciously send information out about the personal address or phone number or any identifying information about the police officers, particularly after what happened to those two officers,” Moore said.