- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Timothy Dolan is hosting a meeting of New York’s most influential religious leaders in the wake of a man’s death in police custody.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Associated Press on Friday that Dolan will host the gathering later this month.

De Blasio said there is “a tremendous need for healing at this moment.”

Leaders from many faiths are expected to attend, including the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sharpton has been an outspoken critic of the NYPD after the death of Eric Garner last month.

Garner, an asthmatic father of six, was confronted by police on Staten Island for selling loose cigarettes.

He was placed in a chokehold and later died. The city medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

The Staten Island district attorney is investigating the death.

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