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9781538109809; This Stops Today: Eric Garner's Mother Seeks Justice after Losing Her Son, By Gwen Carr - With Dave Smitherman - Foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton
GN, Rowman & Littlefield, October 2018, NYP
“What does it feel like to be one of those grieving mothers whose sons “died at the hands of ‘law enforcement’ in one way or another,” deadly encounters that led to lengthy, often-controversial trials? One grieving mother, Carr, whose son, Eric, died after his July 2014 videotaped arrest in a chokehold by NYPD officers as he struggled and said, “I can’t breathe,” tells us. Carr retired in 2015 after 22 years as a transit train operator, and she has become an activist, first seeking justice in the death of her son, for fairness in police protection of all communities, and for justice and equality. Carr, with coauthor Smitherman, describes how she was thrust into the media spotlight during high-profile protests (including an appearance in a Beyonce video) and campaign work (Hillary Clinton wrote the book’s foreword). Although there was no indictment, in a civil suit, Eric’s wife and children received the sum of $5.9 million. Carr provides an inside look at a life forever changed by police violence and sorrow turned into a force for social good.” (October 1)
"From the title to the final page, Gwen’s book is a powerful call to action for our country. It’s also a deeply personal story any parent can relate to – the story of a proud and loving mother determined to fight for her son. It can be a daunting challenge to pour your heart onto the page, to write candidly and courageously about things you may never even have spoken out loud. Knowing Gwen is a gift, and so is reading this book." Hillary Rodham Clinton
“Mrs. Carr's incredible strength in the face of tragedy is monumental and awe inspiring. Though there are dark days, she continues to fight for the rights of victims everywhere. She was thrust into action because she had to. She did it for Eric. The fight for justice continues.”
-Viola Davis and Julius Tennon