New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Sunday that he has asked the state’s attorney general to review the New York Police Department’s conduct during protests over the death of George Floyd. Several videos of protests over the weekend showed NYPD officers pushing protestors, driving SUVs through crowds and more. While some of the confrontations were instigated by the protestors, Cuomo said that allegations of misconduct by police officers should be fully investigated.
“If there’s an allegation of police abuse, the local district attorney should not be the investigating authority. Why? Because self-policing doesn’t work,” he added. NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea also said in a statement Sunday that he was “extremely proud” of his officers’ conduct, calling violent protestors “a mob bent solely on taking advantage of a moment in American history.”