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Bill de Blasio calls for political debates and protests to cease until slain NYPD cops are buried

‘I think it’s important that, regardless of people’s viewpoints, that everyone recognizes a time to step back and just focus on these families’ the mayor said Monday. But groups that have led the recent rallies don’t plan on backing down. A source said th
New York Daily News

Stand down!

Mayor de Blasio called Monday for a moratorium on demonstrations and political bombast until the two slain officers who were executed by a lunatic over the weekend are laid to rest.

“I think it’s a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time,” Hizzoner said at a Police Athletic League luncheon.

“I think it’s important that, regardless of people’s viewpoints, that everyone recognizes a time to step back and just focus on these families.”

Queens plans prayer vigils for NYPD officers slain in Brooklyn

Events at precincts in LIC, Ridgewood, Forest Hills
Queens Chronicle

Queens officials, clergy and community leaders have organized three events to honor the two police officers assassinated Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn by a career criminal out to avenge the deaths of two black men at the hands of cops this summer.

The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot as they sat in their patrol car outside a housing complex in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The NYPD Wants You to Know It's Shooting Fewer People Than You Think

Village Voice

Last year, eyewitnesses were certain that 16-year-old Kimani Gray was unarmed when two plainclothes officers shot him seven times in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. But the officers alleged that Gray pointed a .38-caliber Rohm's industry revolver at them.

Aggrieved family members demanded justice. Protests were held. Riots ensued. No one was indicted.

Activists demand sweeping reforms to NYPD after Garner death

Organizers say city must address the 'historic lack of accountability' in police misconduct cases
Al Jazeera America

Following the chokehold death of Eric Garner at the hands of a New York Police Department officer, activists are demanding wide-reaching institutional changes to the way the department does business.

Garner, a 43-year-old black man, died on July 17 after a white police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, strangled him in an attempt to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.

Amid Heightened Tension, Advocates Push Cuomo to Veto Police Discipline Bill

Gotham Gazette

A day after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, two of most powerful men in the state, said they are interested in passing major criminal justice reforms during next year's legislative session.

Leading New York rabbis arrested for protesting death of Eric Garner

Many Jews among thousands who brought Manhattan and Brooklyn to a standstill in protest against police brutality. People of color treated eerily similar to how Jews were treated two generations ago, activists say.

NEW YORK – Many Jews were among the thousands of people who marched in New York City streets Thursday night protesting the decision by a grand jury not to put a white police officer on trial for causing the death of an unarmed black man. More than two dozen demonstrators, including several leading rabbis, were arrested on the Upper West Side after they sat down in the middle of a major intersection in an act of civil disobedience