Ray Kelly on Eric Garner Case: 'It's Not Just Enough to Look at the Video'

Former NYC police commissioner says more context is needed when grand juries make decisions.
2:06 | 12/03/14

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Transcript for Ray Kelly on Eric Garner Case: 'It's Not Just Enough to Look at the Video'
Well first of all it's. A huge tragedy this young man oh losses life the grand jury system was put into operation. This is that determination. That was made a lot of evidence was presented to the it to the grand jury. No no true bill was was voted the officer. Still go before a departmental. Hearing consequences can be severe there is a federal investigation that's being conducted. And of course they'll be a civil suit as well well I eat I saw the video but again you need information the testimony in the long. With with a video it's not just enough to look at the with a video. The grand jury heard from of the officer heard from other officers who was there I think he knew all of that context to make a judgment. Both demographics and different on Staten Island and other borrows that may have. Have an affect them is that island's population. Is the smallest of of any moral. Police officers live them but they live in the other four boroughs as well. But certainly hope there isn't any violence but I think it's important to note that new York city police department is the biggest in the country. It's an experience department it has and one person. In charger in Ferguson you have multiple police departments and had to respond because the city for its police department so. The so small so. I think the deed. Expertise on the part of the department and experience. Will come forth and hopefully it will be. Peaceful senate demonstrations of Woolsey I think from my experience that having well over forty years in him policing. That generally speaking the relationship now between police a minority communities. Are better than than they've been in a long time however when you have a situation. With an Eric garner with you have a situation like Michael Brown. Those types of incidents with national attention obviously consent back that relationship and and you just have to work court. But. Up until this recent period of time I think a lot of progress I've been made.

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