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Mayor Bill de Blasio had just got done telling the ladies of "The View" how much "safer" New York City has become under his watch when the family of Eric Garner began to hold a press conference on the actions of the NYPD. Garner, an African-American man, was killed by police officer Daniel Pantaleo when he placed him in a chokehold in 2014. To the dismay of the family and many New Yorkers, de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill have not fired that cop. 


"The View's" Twitter page shared the live coverage of the presser.

"We've waited five years," Garner's daughter Emerald Garner said on Friday during the presser with Rev. Al Sharpton. "Commissioner O'Neill, fire Pantaleo. That's all we're asking."

Protesters heckled de Blasio at Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate for leaving Pantaleo on the force. Before the Garners' press conference, de Blasio said during his "View" appearance, which was taped on Thursday, that he and his administration had successfully brought the police and the community "together" thanks, in part, to his decision to end stop-and-frisk.


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