NYC took quick precautions to avoid Ferguson-like problems

New York City officials responded to the police custody death of an unarmed black man last month in a way carefully crafted to avoid the turmoil seen in Ferguson, Missouri. NYPD’s response included police officials offering condolences to the victim’s family and promising a complete investigation. (Spencer Platt, 2014 Getty Images)
New York City officials responded to the police custody death of an unarmed black man last month in a way carefully crafted to avoid the turmoil seen in Ferguson, Missouri. NYPD’s response included police officials offering condolences to the victim’s family and promising a complete investigation. (Spencer Platt, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/19 2:35 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials responded to the police custody death of an unarmed black man last month in a way carefully crafted to avoid the turmoil seen in Ferguson, Missouri.

There have been demonstrations in the city and calls for criminal charges against the officers since Eric Garner died in an apparent chokehold on July 17, but no violence.

Police Commissioner William Bratton credits an "informed and reasonable response" for the relative calm. That response included police officials offering condolences to Garner's family and promising a complete investigation.

The NYPD has also benefited from its vast experience policing demonstrations, its racial diversity and lessons learned from other high-profile police abuse cases.

 

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