In New York City an intense dispute has erupted between the city’s 30,000+ police officers and the Mayor’s office over the handling of the death of Eric Garner. Mr. Garner was killed while being arrested by the NYPD for the crime of selling “loosies” or loose cigarettes. The killing caused controversy around the country and New York City was no different, but the way the Mayor handled the issue left a bad taste in the mouth of his officers.
Mayor de Blasio deflected criticism for his role in the death of Eric Garner, then seemed to lay the blame squarely at the ‘racist’ feet of the NYPD.
De Blasio said that Americans needed to have “an honest conversation in this country about a history of racism,” and that police across the country needed new training to “change the fundamental relationship between police and community.”
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