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De Blasio Defends Effort to 'Train' Son on Dealing With Cops

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 01:32 PM

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has defended talking to his biracial son about how to deal with police, noting he wasn't trying to be disrespectful to law enforcement but rather acknowledging racial realities, the New York Post reported.

The mayor, who angered police when he first said publicly that he had to "train" his son Dante on how to deal with cops, made his latest remarks during an appearance Monday on the Larry Wilmore show on Comedy Central, the Post said.

"A young man of color today needs to have that conversation in his family," de Blasio said. "It's something that everyone knows. And it's not a comment that's disrespectful to the police. We deeply respect our police, we need our police to protect us. But it's a comment that refers to our history and some things we still haven't worked out. That's the reality."

Last year, the first-term mayor earned the wrath of New York City police after he spoke out during protests over the death of Eric Garner, who died after he was subdued by officers as he resisted arrest. Garner was put in an chokehold, prompting his supporters to echo his last words, "I can't breathe," caught on videotape, NBC New York reported.

De Blasio's words about his son and police drew anger as he noted that he and wife Charlene McCray were forced to "literally train [Dante], as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him."

De Blasio fueled the fire when he added: "There are so many families in this city who feel that each and every night. Is my child safe? And not just from ... crime and violence ... but are they safe from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors?"

In protest, police attending ceremonies and events after the ambush shooting deaths of two city officers turned their backs on the mayor in a show of unity — actions he called "really inappropriate," The Huffington Post reported.

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