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On Day of Duel Protests, Mayor Continues to Walk Fine Line on Police-Community Relations

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The mayor continues to walk a delicate line when it comes to police community relations. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Applause, but nothing ecstatic for Mayor Bill de Blasio as he attended an NYPD promotion ceremony at police headquarters. He and the police commissioner told the audience of officers they're doing a good job with all of the protests over the Eric Garner case.

"I want to thank you for the leadership you are providing. You have a lot to be thankful for. We have a lot to be thankful as a city,” said de Blasio.

"We are capable of addressing all of the issues that now confront us. I am confident of that. Why? Because I am confident in you,” said Bratton.

The police and sergeants unions have harshly criticized the mayor, for what they call a lack of support in the controversy over Garner's Death. Police Commissioner William Bratton, however, had a lot of praise for his boss.

"And I have not worked with a mayor that has been more supportive of a police department than this mayor in terms of giving us the resources,” said Bratton.

As a part of his trying to balance police and community demands, earlier in the day the mayor met with Justice League NYC which represents some the organizations responsible for the continuing protests across the city.

"We've expressed to the mayor that there is a sense of urgency in the community and a real crisis in confidence in not just the NYPD, but in the entire criminal justice system. The meeting was productive,” said Carmen Perez of Justice League NYC.

"All those who protest, I respect them for making their voices heard in a democracy, but they also have to take responsibility for those in their midst, even if they are the smallest minority, anyone who might do violence of any kind,” said de Blasio.

In reference to the two NYPD lieutenants who were allegedly punched and kicked on the Brooklyn bridge during last Saturday's protests, another person has been taken into custody.

"We executed a search warrant with in the borough Brooklyn and while executing that search warrant we arrested an individual who is a suspect,” said Deputy Chief William Aubry.

The NYPD says it will be making more arrests.

Meantime Justice League says it will be in Harlem on Sunday for a silent march against the criminal justice system and police brutality.

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