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Chokehold Death Protests Cost NYC $22.9 Million in Police OT

By    |   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 11:14 PM

Anti-police violence protests have cost New York City $22.9 million in police overtime over the past two weeks, the Big Apple's police commissioner says.

"These events are proving very costly for the city of New York," Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday night, Capital New York reports.

"We have fielded the equivalent of 38,700 tours of duty … since December 3rd."

Since the decision of a grand jury not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, protests over that decision – and a grand jury's refusal to indict a white officer in the death of black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. – have been held regularly, Capital New York reports.

One demonstration Saturday night erupted into an attack on two police lieutenants on the Brooklyn Bridge.

A City University of New York professor was arrested, Fox News reports.

"These events have been a significant drain on the manpower of the city, manpower that has been pulled in from many of the precincts around the city," Bratton said of the protests.

Bratton echoed calls from Mayor Bill de Blasio for protesters to help police get violent marchers "out of their midst," Capital New York reports.

He also came to the mayor's defense for his use of the word "allegedly" to describe Saturday night's attack, saying de Blasio "misspoke" and scolded those who criticized his use of the word for taking a "cheap shot."

“There is a constant effort on the part of ... the professional leadership of some of our unions to attack this mayor," he said.

Bratton was also asked about the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association's call last week to members to tell the mayor and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from police funerals.

Police funerals "are really the most solemn thing we do," Bratton said, adding the union's action went "a step too far. This is a mayor who in the year that I have worked with him has shown nothing but full support for this department."

Bratton said the fight between PBA president Patrick Lynch and de Blasio is over the union’s contract, which has gone into arbitration, and that the funeral ban "is a deeply personal attack to make."

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Anti-police violence protests have cost New York City $22.9 million in police overtime over the past two weeks, the Big Apple's police commissioner says.
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