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Bratton: No violence anticipated following Eric Garner grand jury decision

December 3, 2014 Associated Press
Demonstrators march to protest the death of Eric Garner on Aug. 23 on Staten Island. Amid the fallout from a grand jury's decision in the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri, a panel in New York City is nearing its own conclusion about another combustible case involving the death of an unarmed man at the hands of a police officer. AP Photo/John Minchillo, File

Police Commissioner William Bratton said Wednesday morning on “CBS This Morning” he doesn’t anticipate any violence in New York City once a grand jury decides whether to indict an officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. That decision was made Wednesday afternoon, and the NYPD officer was not indicted in Garner’s death. 

Bratton was asked on “CBS This Morning” if what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, could happen in New York.

He says the NYPD has been preparing for months “in multiple ways,” including community meetings.

Bratton says he’s more concerned with outside agitators and looking at what tactics they might employ.

Garner was stopped on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes in July. The black Staten Island man is shown on video telling officers to leave him alone before Officer Daniel Pantaleo used what appeared to be a banned chokehold. Pantaleo is white.

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