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Some boos greet mayor at NYPD graduation

December 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting some boos at a police graduation ceremony that comes with tensions high between him and rank-and-file police.

Police union leaders have accused de Blasio of helping fostering an anti-NYPD atmosphere amid protests over the chokehold death of an unarmed black man at the hands of an officer. They say the mayor’s handling of the situation contributed to the killings of two officers earlier this month.

The cadets sat at attention when de Blasio spoke Monday at Madison Square Garden. But boos and heckles could be heard from some in the crowd where the graduates’ friends and families sat.

A few people in the crowd also turned their backs to the mayor. Most, however, applauded politely when he finished speaking.

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