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NYC mayor explains why he's concerned about his son and cops: 'It's different for a white child'

NYC mayor explains why he's concerned about his son and cops: 'It's different for a white child'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday clarified his remarks on race and the police following a grand jury's decision to not bring charges in the Eric Garner chokehold case.

"It's different for a white child," de Blasio said on ABC's This Week. "That's just the reality in this country."

The mayor, whose children are biracial, said last week that he and his wife had to teach their son how to interact with the police because of the color of his skin. The remark drew the outrage of police and some on the right who felt de Blasio was accusing his own police department of inherent racism. --Jon Terbush