‘If Dante wasn’t your son, he’d be a candidate for a chokehold’ Rev. Sharpton says to Mayor de Blasio

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Thursday marked exactly two weeks since Staten Island resident Eric Garner died after an NYPD officer applied an apparent illegal chokehold.

Since then, the NYPD has been criticized across the nation for how they handled the case.

On Thursday morning, the walls of City Hall absorbed some of the most memorable quotes in years at a meeting that included Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, Rev. Al Sharpton as well as other community leaders who came to discuss the controversial case.

When PIX11 News asked Rev. Sharpton how challenging will it be to get accountability out of all of this, he said, "It's going to be challenging but it's going to be mandatory. If we cannot get that then we cannot run a city."

Shortly after walking into City Hall, Rev. Sharpton wasted little time in making an eyebrow raising point that struck close to home for the Mayor. "If Dante wasn't your son, he'd be a candidate for a chokehold," Sharpton said.

The Mayor did not interrupt Rev. Sharpton after stating the comment.  While there was mention of the investigation as well action steps for the future with regards to training, Rev. Sharpton had a suggestion to Commissioner Bratton as to how the NYPD can make a real statement of reform. "I think he was right when he said that you've got to deal with training, but I also think commissioner that the best way to make police stop from using illegal choke holds is to perp walk one of them that did."

As for Commissioner Bratton, who keep in mind helped bring together cops and communities in a very racially charged environment in LA prior to coming to NYC, the solution for him is hands-on retraining of the entire department. "Training is absolutely the essential catalyst for out of this tragedy finding opportunity."

While a crowd came together on the steps of City Hall and protested against the NYPD outside the meeting, Mayor de Blasio inside said that he in agreement with the the man considered the biggest hire of his administration. "Commissioner Bratton is right. We have to find in this tragedy something that will help us get better. It would be a great disservice and injustice to not find change and reform out of this moment."



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