Patrick Lynch, of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, says New York Mayor Bill de Blasio threw the city's police force under the bus after the Staten Island grand jury decision. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch told reporters on Thursday (December 4) that Mayor Bill de Blasio had failed to support police after the decision and told the public that they should fear officers. "Unequivocally, police officers feel like they have been thrown under the bus," Lynch said. The grand jury cleared New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner during an arrest attempt in July. The decision was announced just over a week after a Missouri grand jury declined to charge a white policeman who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, touching off rioting, looting and burning in protest. Hundreds of protesters swarmed the streets in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday night, many chanting "I can't breathe," the same phrase Garner repeatedly gasped in a video of the incident on a Staten Island sidewalk before his death. Police reported 83 arrests by Thursday morning.