10 things you need to know today: December 23, 2014

Tensions between the mayor and the NYPD are running high.
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1. De Blasio calls for a halt to protests out of respect for slain officers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday urged New Yorkers to "put aside protests" against police tactics until after the funerals of two officers murdered in an ambush on Saturday. The killings of officers Rafel Ramos and Wenjian Liu deepened tensions between police and de Blasio, who had said that it was "painful" when a grand jury decided not to charge an officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. Protest organizers said they would go ahead with a march already planned for Tuesday evening.

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