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NYC Mayor, Police Commish discuss retraining cops after Garner case

Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton hold press conference on Dec. 5, 2014.

  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton discuss retraining officers in response to Eric Garner case.


    Deputy Police Commissioner Benjamin Tucker is speaking.

    "We're going to be training all members" of the 20,000-member patrol force.

    Officers going through police academy now are getting field training that includes being "hosted" by citizens. The second phase of this is being rolled out.

    Mayor de Blasio is speaking.


    Regarding Wednesday's protests: "Overwhelmingly the demonstrations were peaceful and the response by NYPD was the right one.  .. A lot of restraint was shown and when necessary arrests were made."


    On next steps: "People need to know that black lives and brown lives matter as much as white lives."

    "Reform is happening."

    "I've moved for the retraining of officers ... The training that's going to happen in this building will change the city."

    "A whole new generation of officers will be trained with a new approach. It's something we've never seen before."


    The training will change how officers interact with citizens:
    •  How officers talk
    •  Slowing down some interactions ...  waiting for backup 
    • Deescalating situations


    Live tweets from Newsday's Emily Ngo, who is covering the announcement.

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