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Police cases stir national protests, debate

2 years 4 days 8 minutes ago December 05, 2014 Dec 5, 2014 Friday, December 05 2014 December 05, 2014 6:14 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

NEW YORK CITY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a "long string of events" involving the deaths of black men at the hands of police, not just the Eric Garner case in New York City, threaten to erode the belief many Americans have in the nation's criminal justice system.

Cuomo, Speaking on NBC's "Today," said the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and similar previous cases in New York City show that it's necessary to "pull back the lens to understand it's not just about Eric Garner."

The governor said if people don't feel they're fairly represented by the justice system, "you have a fundamental problem."

Police say they arrested more than 200 demonstrators in New York City on Thursday night during protests of a grand jury's clearing a white police officer in Garner's chokehold death.

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