CRIME

Mayor De Blasio Postpones Italian Vacation In Light Of Man's Chokehold Death

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18:  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the media at a news conference to address the recent death o
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the media at a news conference to address the recent death of a man in police custody on July 18, 2014 in New York City. The mayor has promised a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Eric Garner after he was taken into police custody in Staten Island yesterday. A 400-pound, 6-foot-4 asthmatic, Garner (43) died after police put him in a chokehold outside of a conveinence store for illegally selling cigarettes. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has delayed his ten-day Italian vacation in light of the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, who died on Thursday.

City Hall announced ahead of de Blasio’s scheduled ­departure on Friday that “[t]he mayor will postpone the departure for his upcoming family vacation to Saturday, in order to attend to city business,” the New York Post reports.

Garner, 43, died after NYPD officers placed him a chokehold--a practice that's been banned from the department for over 20 years--while arresting him for charges stemming from illegal cigarette sales, the New York Times reports. A video exclusive to New York Daily News shows Garner, who has asthma, shouting “I can’t breathe” as officers push him to the ground on Staten Island.

On Friday, de Blasio said “[l]ike so many New Yorkers I was very troubled by the video.” According to de Blasio's press secretary, Phil Walzak, the decision to postpone his family vacation was made so he could "spend more time making calls to elected officials, community leaders and members of the clergy, and talking to the police" in the wake of Garner's death, the Times reports.

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