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December 22nd, 2014
05:35 PM ET

De Blasio facing tensions further strained by police shootings

(CNN) - The point-blank shooting of two New York City police officers this weekend is testing whether Mayor Bill de Blasio's brand of unapologetic liberalism can work in a city that's spent decades under mayors who made law and order a top priority.

De Blasio's pledge to reform police practices helped sweep him into office last year. And in recent weeks he's pushed for the right of demonstrators to gather to protest the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed African-American men, at the hands of white police officers.

But critics - including those in the police force - are accusing him of fomenting an anti-police fervor that contributed to the killings of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

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December 22nd, 2014
05:25 PM ET

Can division between de Blasio and NYPD be healed?

(CNN) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been in office for less than a year, but his relationship with officers inside the New York Police Department has been marred by accusations that he is anti-cop.

At a press conference earlier Monday the mayor issued a call for calm, but anger is boiling over and shows no signs of cooling off. NYPD officers literally turned their backs on de Blasio over the weekend.

Can this division between the mayor and NYPD be healed?

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, co-chair of President Obama's task force on 21st century policing, tackles that issue and more in the video above.

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December 22nd, 2014
05:17 PM ET

New details on attack on New York police officers

(CNN) – Police investigators in New York say they are trying to piece together where the gunman who killed two officers Saturday was in the hours before the shooting.

Officials told reporters Monday there's a roughly two-hour gap in the timeline they've assembled leading up to the shooting, and they asked for the public's help to pinpoint where shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley was before the incident.

CNN's Evan Pérez reports.

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