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Response to Indydem (Reply #37)

Sat Dec 27, 2014, 11:55 PM

48. The statement is below

http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/540-14/statement-mayor-bill-de-blasio#/0

What part of it is incorrect?

The Garner case isn't about loose cigarettes. The statement doesn't praise the NYPD because it's about police reform, which is long overdue, better police-community relations, also long overdue, and peaceful protest in light of the Grand Jury decision. In part, it is designed to show empathy for the family and curb the urge for violence bubbling in some people. Not exactly a time to praise a police force that "trained" two police officers to kill an unarmed innocent man in the Pink Houses and another guy to use a discredited technique in restraining a suspect who may have committed a misdemeanor.

I take offense at your personal attack on the Mayor, a Progressive Democrat, one of us and one of the most pro-Union people in this town. It smacks of the kind of crass opportunism embodied by Patrick Lynch and his conservative, thin blue line brigade. It is hard to support a union brother when he's threatening you over the right to kill suspects of color. That's why many of us have mixed emotions about the police and their role in the community.

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