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December 23rd, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Democratic congressman: NYC protesters should hold off

(CNN) – There is an ongoing divide between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department following the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers.

The mayor asked protesters to postpone any demonstrations until after both officers were laid to rest, but they have promised to defy his wishes, and take to the streets Tuesday.

"I understand people's right to demonstrate. But if, in fact, you are part of the voices for justice that
we're talking about for Mr. Brown and Mr. Garner, then I think that you should respect the call of the mayor, of the borough president of Brooklyn, and let's hold off," said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-New York.

Not marching, said Meeks, would send a strong message.

"The symbolism of not protesting now, and then resuming after the police officers have been laid to rest, and that sense of respect for those individuals who protect our communities is extremely important," he said.

For more of our interview with Rep. Gregory Meeks, check out the video above.

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