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NYC Mayor Draws Praise, Criticism for Handling of Garner Case
From the Wall Street Journal of Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:23:05 EST

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the Eric Garner case, including his response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer at the center of the incident, has sparked a mixture of sharp criticism and high praise.

In an interview on Fox News, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, described Mr. de Blasio’s remarks about the case as “racist.” Mr. Giuliani said Mr. de Blasio and the Rev. Al Sharpton, a close ally of the mayor, were “tearing down respect for a criminal justice system that goes back to England in the 11th century.”

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, criticized Mr. de Blasio for not voicing support for the officer involved, Daniel Pantaleo. A grand jury declined to indict Mr. Pantaleo for using an apparent chokehold on July 17 when he attempted to arrest Mr. Garner for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island. Mr. Garner later died.

“We did not hear that you cannot go out and break the law. What we did not hear is that you cannot resist arrest. That’s a crime,” Mr. Lynch said. “If the mayor wants to change policies, and wants us to stand down against crime, then say that.”

Mr. de Blasio defended himself Thursday afternoon, saying he has spent this entire year discussing his “immense respect” for the Police Department. “I never get caught up in what critics say particularly if they are doing it for their own agenda,” he said.

“The people of the city saw a man die who shouldn’t have died. It’s as simple as that,” Mr. de Blasio said. “It’s important to speak to that reality particularly when it’s not an isolated reality.”

The mayor has drawn plaudits for his portrayal of the case in personal terms—he has a biracial family—and by framing it as part of “centuries of racism.”

Others said they approved of the mayor’s handling of thousands of protesters who flooded city streets Wednesday following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision. Dozens were arrested, but there were no widespread incidents of violence or property damage.

President Barack Obama said he called Mr. de Blasio and praised him. “I commended him for his words yesterday,” the president said, and the way “New Yorkers have been engaging in peaceful protests and being productive.”

George Arzt, a longtime Democratic political operative, said Mr. de Blasio had “done much to defuse a very intense situation.”

“He is a calming figure and has done a really good job.” Mr. Arzt said

Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Hunter College, said he believed Mr. de Blasio was “doing well.”

“He’s made it clear that dealing with this is going to be a long-term process, that this isn’t something where you can waive a magic wand or through a stroke of a pen make it all go away,” Mr. Sherrill said.

Mr. de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, earned praised from many political observers for reducing racial tension following Mr. Giuliani’s tenure at City Hall. But Mr. Bloomberg and his police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, faced criticism for what some called an overuse of a police tactic known as stop-and-frisk.

Mr. de Blasio, the city’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years, pledged last year in his campaign for City Hall to repair relations between the police and minority communities. He also vowed to reduce the number of stop-and-frisks.

“One of the big lessons of the Garner episode is that you couldn’t solve everything by ending stop-and-frisk and that the grievances in communities of color run very deep,” Mr. Sherrill said.

Others said Mr. de Blasio was part of the problem.

Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron, a Brooklyn Democrat and a former city councilman, lambasted the mayor for hiring William Bratton as his police commissioner and for supporting the so-called broken-windows philosophy of policing. It encourages officers to enforce minor infractions of the law in hopes of preventing major ones.

Mr. Barron also criticized the mayor for not taking a stance on the grand jury’s decision. The mayor declined to opine on the decision, saying he didn’t believe it was his role.

“He should have said this is a gross miscarriage of justice. He should have said the video didn’t lie,” Mr. Barron said. “You can’t sit here and protect (the justice system) and then act like you’re progressive. That’s hypocrisy.”

Public Advocate Letitia James said she believes Mr. de Blasio has “set the right tone” but she said she believes he must do more to overhaul police policies that treat minorities unfairly and clog up the criminal justice system.

Mr. de Blasio said Thursday morning that he intended to pursue policy changes to prevent a repeat of the Garner case.

“We lost a good man in Eric Garner who should not have been lost,” Mr. de Blasio said. “But what I’m trying to help us all think about is—there’s 8.4 million of us—the mission for all of us is to change this city.”

Adam Janos, Byron Tau contributed to this article.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ’s handling of the Eric Garner case, including his response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer at the center of the incident, has sparked a mixture of sharp criticism and high praise.

In an interview Thursday on Fox News, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, described Mr. de Blasio’s remarks about the case as “racist.” Mr. Giuliani said Mr. de Blasio and ally the Rev. Al Sharpton were “tearing down respect for a criminal justice system that goes back to England in the 11th century.”

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, criticized Mr. de Blasio for not voicing support for the officer involved, Daniel Pantaleo. A grand jury declined to indict Mr. Pantaleo for using an apparent chokehold July 17 when he attempted to arrest Mr. Garner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island. Mr. Garner later died.

“We did not hear that you cannot go out and break the law. What we did not hear is that you cannot resist arrest. That’s a crime,” Mr. Lynch said. “If the mayor wants to change policies, and wants us to stand down against crime, then say that.”

A spokesman for Mr. de Blasio didn’t immediately respond to the criticism.

The mayor has drawn plaudits for his portrayal of the case in personal terms—he has a biracial family—and by framing it as part of “centuries of racism.”

Others said they approved of the mayor’s handling of thousands of protesters who flooded city streets Wednesday following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision. Dozens were arrested, but there were no widespread incidents of violence or property damage.

Photos: The Eric Garner Decision

Protests Continue After Grand Jury Doesn’t Charge NYPD Officer in Unarmed African-American’s Death

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses newly implemented police training procedures after the death of Eric Garner, at a news conference at the New York Police Academy on Thursday.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses newly implemented police training procedures after the death of Eric Garner, at a news conference at the New York Police Academy on Thursday. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil-rights leaders at the National Action Network headquarters in New York City on Thursday said they are organizing a march in Washington, D.C., following a grand-jury decision to not indict a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner.
Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil-rights leaders at the National Action Network headquarters in New York City on Thursday said they are organizing a march in Washington, D.C., following a grand-jury decision to not indict a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Craig Warga for The Wall Street Journal
Eric Garner is pictured on the wall of a makeshift memorial outside the Bay Beauty Supply store on Bay Street in Staten Island, NY.
Eric Garner is pictured on the wall of a makeshift memorial outside the Bay Beauty Supply store on Bay Street in Staten Island, NY. Mark Bonifacio for The Wall Street Journal
Students at Emory University, in Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday hold a mass ‘die in’ to protest the decision of the New York City grand jury not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner.
Students at Emory University, in Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday hold a mass ‘die in’ to protest the decision of the New York City grand jury not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner. Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency
Emory students protest on Thursday. ‘Black lives matter’ has emerged as one of the rallying cries of demonstrators across the country in the wake of grand juries deciding not to indict white police officers in cases involving the deaths of black men in New York and Missouri.
Emory students protest on Thursday. ‘Black lives matter’ has emerged as one of the rallying cries of demonstrators across the country in the wake of grand juries deciding not to indict white police officers in cases involving the deaths of black men in New York and Missouri. Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency
A woman shouts to police from behind a barricade separating Eric Garner protesters from the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Wednesday.
A woman shouts to police from behind a barricade separating Eric Garner protesters from the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Wednesday. Elizabeth Shafiroff/Reuters
A woman is arrested by police as she takes part in a protest in support of Eric Garner in New York City on Wednesday.
A woman is arrested by police as she takes part in a protest in support of Eric Garner in New York City on Wednesday. Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Protesters shout slogans in Times Square on Wednesday after a New York City grand jury decided not to charge a police officer in Eric Garner’s death.
Protesters shout slogans in Times Square on Wednesday after a New York City grand jury decided not to charge a police officer in Eric Garner’s death. Adrees Latif/Reuters
People take part in a protest Wednesday in New York.
People take part in a protest Wednesday in New York. Eric Thayer/Reuters
Protesters took to the West Side Highway in Manhattan and blocked traffic late into the night Wednesday.
Protesters took to the West Side Highway in Manhattan and blocked traffic late into the night Wednesday. Mark Abramson for The Wall Street Journal
Protesters lie down in Grand Central Terminal in New York during a protest Wednesday.
Protesters lie down in Grand Central Terminal in New York during a protest Wednesday. Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
New York Police Department officers stand guard during a protest on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan on Wednesday.
New York Police Department officers stand guard during a protest on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan on Wednesday. Kena Betancur/Getty Images
A man stands in front of a line of police officers in New York on Wednesday
A man stands in front of a line of police officers in New York on Wednesday Julio Cortez/Associated Press
Protesters lie down on the West Side Highway in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Protesters lie down on the West Side Highway in Manhattan on Wednesday. Mark Abramson for The Wall Street Journal
A woman is arrested Wednesday as she takes part in a protest on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.
A woman is arrested Wednesday as she takes part in a protest on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Protesters lie down in the middle of a street during a protest in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Protesters lie down in the middle of a street during a protest in Manhattan on Wednesday. Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency
Police arrest a woman sitting in the street in New York on Wednesday.
Police arrest a woman sitting in the street in New York on Wednesday. Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency
Protesters hold up their hands Wednesday in New York.
Protesters hold up their hands Wednesday in New York. Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal
Gwen Carr, front left, mother of Eric Garner, and Esaw Garner, front right, widow of Eric Garner, speak during a news conference in New York on Wednesday.
Gwen Carr, front left, mother of Eric Garner, and Esaw Garner, front right, widow of Eric Garner, speak during a news conference in New York on Wednesday. timothy a. clary/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
A group of protesters rally during the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center.
A group of protesters rally during the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. The Associated Press
Activists take to the streets in New York on Wednesday.
Activists take to the streets in New York on Wednesday. Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal
People march Wednesday from a makeshift memorial for Eric Garner to the New York Police Department 120th Precinct on Staten Island.
People march Wednesday from a makeshift memorial for Eric Garner to the New York Police Department 120th Precinct on Staten Island. Reuters
A police officer stands over activists demanding justice in the death of Eric Garner as they stage a 'die-in' during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on Wednesday.
A police officer stands over activists demanding justice in the death of Eric Garner as they stage a 'die-in' during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on Wednesday. Reuters
Richard Watkins holds a sign during a July vigil demanding justice for Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while being arrested by New York City police.
Richard Watkins holds a sign during a July vigil demanding justice for Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while being arrested by New York City police. Associated Press
Gwen Carr hugs Ramsey Orta, who videotaped the incident involving the NYPD and Eric Garner, during a funeral service for Mr. Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn on July 23.
Gwen Carr hugs Ramsey Orta, who videotaped the incident involving the NYPD and Eric Garner, during a funeral service for Mr. Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn on July 23. Getty Images
Esaw Garner, the wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner in New York in July.
Esaw Garner, the wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner in New York in July. Associated Press
A memorial for Michael Brown, next to one for Eric Garner, outside of filmmaker Spike Lee’s offices in Brooklyn in August.
A memorial for Michael Brown, next to one for Eric Garner, outside of filmmaker Spike Lee’s offices in Brooklyn in August. Getty Images
A flier with a picture of Eric Garner, as seen in August in Staten Island, near where he was killed in an encounter with an NYPD officer.
A flier with a picture of Eric Garner, as seen in August in Staten Island, near where he was killed in an encounter with an NYPD officer. Getty Images
Thousands take part in the ‘We Will Not Go Back’ march and rally for Eric Garner in Staten Island in August.
Thousands take part in the ‘We Will Not Go Back’ march and rally for Eric Garner in Staten Island in August. Reuters
People make the ‘Don’t Shoot’ gesture as New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton testifies during a New York City Council oversight hearing in September on the retraining of NYPD officers.
People make the ‘Don’t Shoot

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