New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke today on the Eric Garner grand jury decision, bringing up the “black lives matter” refrain and saying people repeat it because, frankly, it just needs to be said more. De Blasio expressed his heartfelt sorrow for Garner’s family and how no family should have to go through what they did.
The mayor even made the case a little personal, talking about his own son Dante and how he worries about his safety every day. “This is now a national moment of grief,” he said. “A national moment of pain.” He even went so far as to say, “We are dealing with centuries of racism that have brought us to this day.”
De Blasio pledged police reform and crackdowns on officers “who don’t live up to the values of the uniform” and again called for peaceful, non-violent protest.
The mayor also relayed that the investigation by U.S. Attorney (and possible next Attorney General) Loretta Lynch will move forward.
Watch de Blasio’s full comments below, via CNN:
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