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Mayor Bill De Blasio Discusses Eric Garner Decision With Hot 97

December 04, 2014

This morning, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio called into Hot 97's morning show to speak with Ebro, Rosenberg, and Lauren Styles and respond to questions for the first time since a Staten Island grand jury voted not to indict in the case of Eric Garner's death. De Blasio, who Ebro introduced as a "friend of the show," declined to pass judgment on the decision—"I don't judge any investigation that I'm not a part of," he said—but was critical about the NYPD's role in Garner's death."I watched the video as a human being," he said, speaking candidly. "And I saw a man die who shouldn't have died. And I saw him crying out for his life in a way that made me just feel something went horribly wrong and can't happen again."

He went on to discuss his plans for reform within the police department and his hope that change is possible. "You're seeing [change] before your eyes because you already demanded it," he said. "The people willed this change to happen, keep demanding it."

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Mayor Bill De Blasio Discusses Eric Garner Decision With Hot 97