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Ferguson, New York chokehold case force national conversation in U.S. over racial justice and police use of force

“I can’t breathe,”

National Post | News

NEW YORK CITY — From the White House to the streets of some of America’s biggest cities, the New York chokehold case converged with the Ferguson shooting and investigations out of South Carolina and Cleveland to stir a national conversation Thursday about racial justice and police use of force.

A day after a grand jury cleared a white New York City officer in the death of a black man, civil rights leaders pinned their hopes on a promised federal investigation. Demonstrators protested for a second night in New York, carrying replicas of coffins across the Brooklyn Bridge, and turned out in such cities as Denver, Detroit and Minneapolis. And politicians and others talked about the need for better police training, body cameras and changes to the grand jury process to restore faith in the legal system.

“A whole generation of officers will be trained in a new way,” New York Mayor…

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