The New York Daily News reports:
Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio must “do a better job” at curbing looting and widespread chaos erupting amid civil unrest over police brutality against African-Americans.
“The police in New York City were not effective at doing their job last night. Period,” the governor said during a press briefing in Albany. “They have to do a better job. The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night, I believe that,” he said.
“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. What happened in New York City is inexcusable. I am disappointed and outraged at what happened in New York City last night. The looting the criminal activity must be stopped.”
“You have 38,000 police officers. Deploy them. Give them support. On the video tape, to me, you see a lot of looting, and not enough police presence,” he added. Cuomo, a Democrat, said that he had offered to send the National Guard to New York City and that de Blasio had not accepted the offer. In comments that at times appeared to be thinly veiled threats, Cuomo repeatedly noted that a way to override de Blasio on the matter would be to “displace the mayor.”
“Can you displace a mayor? Yes. A mayor can be removed. It has not happened. I can’t find a precedent. But theoretically it is legally possible,” Cuomo said at one point. “It is a bizarre thing to try to do in this situation. I think it would make a bad situation worse. Also, I don’t think it’s necessary, because I believe the NYPD can do this, because the NYPD has done this.”
New York Gov. Cuomo says he thinks NYC Mayor de Blasio “underestimates the scope of the problem” and has not used enough police to address the situation. “The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night” https://t.co/sPFXgmj86P pic.twitter.com/FRYriLCgyj
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