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Mayor Bill de Blasio defended provocative comments made by Al Sharpton at a City Hall roundtable about police conduct, where the controversial activist was given a front row seat on Thursday.
Sharpton claimed that chokeholds are used disproportionately on minorities. But he then added that de Blasio’s teenage son, whose mother is black, could be no different than Eric Garner.
“If Dante wasn’t your son,” Sharpton said, a comment that landed on the front pages of the city tabloids, “he’d been candidate for a chokehold.”
De Blasio said he was not offended.
Sharpton also called “to perp-walk [a police officer] who uses a chokehold during an arrest.