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De Blasio Can't Escape Questions on Eric Garner's Death During Housing Complex Tour

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Mayor Bill de Blasio couldn't escape a slew of question on Garner's death during a tour of a public housing complex in Brooklyn Friday night. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

The mayor didn't put on roller skates, but he sure looked like he was having fun.

Bill de Blasio was visiting a community center next to a New York City Housing Authority complex.

That smile slowly evaporated not long into a news conference after. For another day, he was pelted with questions about Eric Garner's choking death at the hands of police.

He repeated a version of "Let's move on" multiple times.

"That was a real tragedy, and it grabbed at all of us, it grabbed at our hearts, but it's something that has to be a part of the past, meaning we have to move past tensions and unity," de Blasio said.

De Blasio, though, is struggling to unify the city. Police unions are upset at him, and the Rev. Al Sharpton plans a march across the Verrazano Bridge to protest police.

The mayor said he's unruffled, looking at a bigger picture. And he says part of the solution are places like this. They keep kids busy until late at night. The city just pumped in more than $200 million dollars to keep them open extra hours.

Friday's tour came after mayor skipped a recent police night out to attend a dinner at the White House.

There was one question de Blasio seemed excited an relieved to answer. That's about his personal mission to have Brooklyn host the next Democratic National Convention in 2016.

Flags are out on Flatbush Avenue welcoming delegates who will make the choice. They're arriving on Monday.

"On the question of what we hope to achieve, it's very straightforward. We are going to show the site selection committee that New York City in general, Brooklyn in particular, is going to pull out the stops. We are going to pull out the stops to win this convention for New York City," de Blasio said.

With that, the mayor left, ignoring a final question about the response to Garner's death.

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