- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s top law enforcement official has gone on a media blitz to defend the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio amid the uproar over the chokehold death of a black suspect.

In interviews Friday with The Associated Press and other news outlets, Police Commissioner William Bratton repeated that he believes that the videotaped arrest of Eric Garner had no racial element. He also denied that de Blasio has sided with civil rights activists in the case. He told the AP that the mayor is “very pro-cop.”

The amateur video shows officers arresting Garner last month on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island. A subsequent medical examiner found that a chokehold contributed to his death.

The mayor hasn’t spoken publicly about the case since Tuesday.

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