August 11th, 2014
05:06 AM ET

Chris Cuomo Speaks With New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton

Could the death of Eric Garner, the man who was held in a choke hold and died while police attempted to arrest him, look awful but still be lawful?

That's what New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton thinks.

In an interview with Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Monday,  Bratton said despite the video appearing to speak for itself, it does not.

"We have the expression it– it looks awful, but it's lawful," he said.

Bratton outlined that the district attorney will determine if any of the actions of the officers involved were illegal and he will investigate if any of the actions were inappropriate.

After a back and forth about the term 'choke hold,' the commissioner restated his skepticism.

"I've been around a long time in this business that– what it appears to be sometimes may not be what it is," he said.

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  1. Robin Johnson

    Sorry Commissioner, but I see a choke hold ==and choke holds are illegal ...T he man was murdered ...

    August 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm | Reply

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