NYC Mayor de Blasio on Police Turning Backs on Him: "When You're Trying To Make Social Change, No One Said It Happens Overnight"

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Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio addressed the situation between himself and the New York Police Department on Monday night's edition of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with host Larry Wilmore. Host Larry Wilmore brought up the cops turning their backs on him at the funerals of two NYPD officers shot dead following the mass protests over the Eric Garner grand jury decision in December 2014. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot execution style.

De Blasio said, as a solution, "every single police officer is going into retraining."

"Things like the retraining of police which we're adamant about, every single police officer is going into retraining on things like how to deescalate any situation, any confrontation, any arrest, deescalate, reduce the violence for everyone and of course the safety of the officers. Body cameras," de Blasio said to applause from the studio audience.

"We're going to have accountability," he added.

"It's going to take time," host Larry Wilmore said. "Those images are very stark, of them turning their backs on you."

"I understand that but, you know, I think the reality is when you're trying to make social change, no one said it happens overnight," de Blasio said. "It is about persistence, but I know the people want it. I know that people do not want us to go backwards I believe we could have that partnership between police and community. It's something we have to fight for."

"Well, I certainly hope so. I certainly hope so, mayor," Miller said.

LARRY WILMORE, HOST: What do you think is the prescription? Because I think it's great you and the police are healing right now, but what is the prescription for the city to heal?

BILL de BLASIO, MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY: I think it is about bonding police and community because when the partnership actually deepens, everyone is going to be safer. The community is going to be safe, the police are going to be safe.

Things like the retraining of police which we're adamant about, every single police officer is going into retraining on things like how to deescalate any situation, any confrontation, any arrest, deescalate, reduce the violence for everyone and of course the safety of the officers. Body cameras. Body cameras are going to make a huge difference and we're starting to piloting them here in New York City because it's going to help officers think about their preparation for each situation, but it will also give us a clear record of what happened in each circumstance.

WILMORE: You're going to have accountability.

de BLASIO: We're going to have accountability. And I think this is steady work because in the end --

WILMORE: It's going to take time. Those images are very stark, of them turning their backs on you.

de BLASIO: I understand that but, you know, I think the reality is when you're trying to make social change, no one said it happens overnight. It is about persistence, but I know the people want it. I know that people do not want us to go backwards I believe we could have that partnership between police and community. It's something we have to fight for.

WILMORE: Well, I certainly hope so. I certainly hope so, mayor.

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