On Monday night, Eric Garner's daughter, Emerald paid her respects at a Brooklyn memorial for two slain New York police officers killed over the weekend.
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In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Emerald explains why it was important for her to pay tribute to the fallen officers and what she thought about new protests gathering in NYC despite Mayor Bill de Blasio's plea for a pause in demonstrations until after the officers are buried.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the slayings of two NYPD officers an “assassination.” Both President Obama and New York City May Bill de Blasio condemned the killings in no uncertain terms. But all three officials came under fire this weekend from critics who accuse them, in one way or another, of creating a climate that placed police officers in jeopardy and ultimately, cost two their lives. But aside for the rhetoric and war words between both sides of the debate, how did we get here? CNN's Martin Savidge reports.
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.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for unity and quiet reflection. "It's time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time," he said. "Let's accompany these families on their difficult journey. Let's see them through the funerals ... then the debate can begin again." CNN's Randi Kaye looks back at the lives of the NYPD officers ambushed in Brooklyn, each who dreamed of making a difference.
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