Fresh from his trip overseas, Mayor Bill de Blasio plunged back into the business of running the city in person—responding to the shooting of three law enforcement officers, and trying to defuse the controversial death of Eric Garner earlier this month. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
The Italian sun left him tan, but Mayor de Blasio's vacation is clearly over.
"On behalf of 8.4 million New Yorkers, I can say that we appreciate their bravery their strength," de Blasio said.
Two federal marshals and one NYPD detective were shot trying to serve a warrant on a California registered sex offender.
The suspect was killed.
The mayor and the police commissioner visited the wounded at Bellevue.
Earlier, the pair talked of a different incident, trying to lower tensions from Eric Garner's death earlier this month..
"I would like to address the events of the last few days," de Blasio said. "Our goal is a safe city and a fair city."
The mayor says safety, and fairness, seemed to be in conflict during Mayor Michael Bloomberg's term—a period he twice alluded to.
"The vision here is not of a separation between police and community, that’s what we had for 12 years. And that created more and more tension, and more and more disconnect. We seek a unity between police and community," de Blasio said.
Bratton says officers are being retrained. He's also tapping officials from the Los Angeles police department to assess risk management.
To some, though, another Bratton policing method has people still distrusting police.
Previously, there was concern that stop and frisk was being overused. Now, the same is being sad about so-called quality of life offenses.
Police were trying to arrest Garner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.
Neither man is backing down.
"The mistake of American policing in the 70s and 80s—we focused on responding to crime, primarily serious crime, and really didn't pay any attention to dealing with the disorder," Bratton said.
To that end, the mayor says regulations are needed for Times Square costume panhandling.
Additional security is slated for the Brooklyn Bridge, after last week's security breach.
On a lighter note, de Blasio also reflected on his new home, in Gracie Mansion.
He says he's delighted the family has more than one bathroom, and is undecided about renting out their Park Slope row house.