Examining the Divide Between Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD

Encore: January 15, 2015

The divide between Mayor Bill de Blasio and some members of the New York Police Department continues. The mayor did not have the support of all the police unions during his campaign, and after a grand jury declined to indict the officer involved in Eric Garner’s death on Staten Island, protests erupted with little police intervention.

The dispute between the mayor and some in the NYPD has been undeniable since hundreds of police turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke at the funerals of slain police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan – who has been talking to community leaders and police officers over the past two weeks – heard different perspectives as he followed the story. Watch excerpts from Sreenivasan’s interviews with two retired NYPD officers, L. Joy Williams from the Brooklyn NAACP, and Julian Harper of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care followed by MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman’s interview with professor John Eterno, a former NYPD captain and now associate dean and director of graduate studies in criminal justice at Molloy College on Long Island.

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