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December 22nd, 2014
10:57 PM ET

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio facing tensions further strained by NYPD shootings

The point-blank shooting of two New York City police officers this weekend is testing whether Mayor Bill de Blasio's brand of unapologetic liberalism can work in a city that's spent decades under mayors who made law and order a top priority.
De Blasio's pledge to reform police practices helped sweep him into office last year. And in recent weeks he's pushed for the right of demonstrators to gather to protest the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed African-American men, at the hands of white police officers. But critics - including those in the police force - are accusing him of fomenting an anti-police fervor that contributed to the killings of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. CNN's Miguel Marquez has more.

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  1. whatifdave

    Part of the problem with why demonstrations continue, may be people have nothing to lose. There are many quotes on hopelessness and its causal and affect; leaders ought to address this problem and light every neighborhood with new HOPE.
    It is known people feel good about themselves learning a new skill that can result in a good paying job. Then afterwards people have something to lose.
    I heard a general once say, even if you want to install clean water system in a third world country, you must first ask the locals for input, otherwise it will be met with huge resistance. Leaders could ask the PEACEFUL demonstrators on what is needed to make their lives better.
    The youth communicate through texting and social media. Leaders could reach these PEACEFUL demonstrators through this same technology to ask for ideas. Then incorporate the best ideas into a new plan to help those who have nothing to lose.
    Second, emotions, whether hate or good will, seem to be governed by Newton's 3 laws of physics. Newton's 3 laws are:
    1. For every action creates like but opposite reaction.
    2. Momentum is another law.
    3. F=ma
    Emotions can be between individuals, nations, or groups of people.
    With enough hate or goodwill actions and reactions, will begin these emotions momentum. It will be harder to stop hate momentum unless there is enough good will energy to make things right. You redirect the hate momentum into something positive.
    Police could stand arm and arm with PEACEFUL demonstrators and advocate new concepts to make these lives better, thus you help increase the good will momentum between police and the community. This includes police advocating for new jobs training programs, access to good childcare and tickets out of decaying neighborhoods.
    At the same time we have our aging infrastructure and it can be replaced by new jobs for these same youth to bring income to poor neighborhoods, then you bring new HOPE.
    These demonstrations will continue until enough good will momentum occurs and the new light of HOPE is shown in every poor neighborhood. Then you create new healthy relationships between police and the communities, and we all win as a result, in my opinion.

    December 24, 2014 at 9:50 am |

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