NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Catholic archbishop is bringing together the mayor and religious leaders for a roundtable meeting spawned by the death of a man placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer.
Mayor Bill de Blasio asked Cardinal Timothy Dolan to host Wednesday’s meeting in the wake of Eric Garner’s death last month on Staten Island.
The mayor said he believes it can help a city gripped by protests and distrust of the police in some minority neighborhoods.
The Rev. Al Sharpton was among the attendees. He has been a fiery critic of the NYPD in the wake of Garner’s death.
But the summit seemed less tense than one held last month at City Hall.
Staten Island’s District Attorney says he’s asking a special grand jury to consider criminal charges.