New York Police Department (NYPD) Commisioner Bill Bratton (L) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speak about body cameras that the NYPD will begin using during a press conference on December 3, 2014 in New York City.
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By TIME Staff
December 4, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton discuss police retraining at a news conference Thursday, one day after citywide protests erupted following the announcement that a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the chokehold-related death of an unarmed black man.

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De Blasio was among a number of elected officials to make public statements on the Eric Garner case after the announcement Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a very painful day for many New Yorkers” he said. “No family should have to go through what the Garner family went through.” The Justice Department has opened a federal civil rights inquiry.

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