Eric Garner’s 16-year-old son was arrested earlier this week for allegedly stealing a rentable Citibike.
According to the New York Daily News, police officers approached Emery Snipes after he entered a midtown park after hours while riding the bike. Officers asked to see a receipt for the rental, which he didn’t have. The teen was charged with stealing the bicycle and being in the park after dusk and was sentenced with one day of community service.
Esaw Garner, Snipes’ mother and Eric Garner’s widow, said that she has punished her son, but vehemently stands by him.
“My son is not a thief,” she told the New York Daily News. “He just happened to be with his friends. He did not know that the Citibike had been taken.”
Snipes’ run in with the law comes 15 months after an NYPD officer put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes.