Advocates outraged by the death of Eric Garner are pushing for a law making the use of chokeholds a crime. Garner died last year after he appeared to be put in a chokehold by NYPD Daniel Pantaleo. A grand jury did not indict the officer in Garner’s death, sparking massive protests.
Police unions have accused the mayor of not supporting them in the wake of those protests. Those claims were exacerbated after two uniformed police officers were murdered in broad daylight in December.
Councilman Jumaane Williams, who supports the chokehold bill, told WPIX that he thinks the mayor is concerned that the law would put cops in harm’s way.