Erica Garner Accuses ABC News of Exploiting "Black Pain and Grief" for Ratings

Courtesy of Twitter/HuffPost Black Voices

"I went there trying to represent THE PEOPLE... #ABC wanted ratings even if it meant they had to profit from Black misery and oppression."

Erica Garner, daughter of the unarmed New York man who died after being put in a chokehold by police in July 2014, blasted ABC News on Thursday for allegedly lying to her. 

In a long series of tweets, and in a video she shared first with the Huffington Post, Garner said she was “promised” she would be able to directly address President Obama during a town hall event, which aired Thursday, but was "lied" to about her airtime. 

"Yo this town hall that presidential town hall #abc arranged is a farce. It was nothing short of full exploitation of Black pain and grief," Garner said in one of her tweets. "I went there trying to represent THE PEOPLE... #ABC wanted ratings even if it meant they had to profit from Black misery and oppression."

The town hall, however, had no commercial breaks, nor was it sponsored or rated. 

"We took an extra 30 minutes to get to as many people as we could during the town hall. The President spoke to several people after the event ended, including at length with Erica Garner," ABC News said in a statement released Thursday. 

Garner was able to meet with Obama after the event, but she had to make a scene to get noticed, she said. 

"Well, I did get to speak with the president, but it's a shame us black people have to be belligerent and yell and scream in order for our voices to be heard," she said in the HuffPost video. 

Garner posted raw video of her talking to Obama, but their interaction was not a part of the town hall. 

See Garner's tweets below: 

July 15, 9:18 a.m.: This post has been updated with a statement from ABC News.

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