- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Dozens of New York City Council members are joining in calls for protests over police conduct to stop while the city mourns two officers gunned down on duty.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and about 30 of her colleagues held a news conference Tuesday to express support for police.

Mark-Viverito said a pause in protests “will give our city a chance to heal as one” and honor the families of Officers Rafael Ramos (rah-fy-EHL’ RAH’-mohs) and Wenjian Liu (WEHN’-jihn LOO’).

Mayor Bill de Blasio made a similar plea Monday. Protest leaders have said they don’t plan to heed calls to suspend demonstrations.

Numerous Council members had joined in some of the protests that followed a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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