New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) said on Tuesday that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and the city’s police department were not doing enough to stop the riots in the city Monday night.
“The NYPD and the Mayor did not do their job last night,” Cuomo said. “It was a disgrace.”
An 11 p.m. curfew was instituted in the city, but the curfew did not stop rioters from wreaking havoc for another night after peaceful protests erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s death when he was in police custody Monday night. An 8 p.m. curfew will be instituted for the remainder of the week.
“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem,” Cuomo continued, The Hill reported. “I think he underestimates the duration of the problem. And I don’t think they’ve used enough police to address the situation because it’s inarguable … that it was not addressed last night.”
NYPD stands by while protests turn violent
New York City has 40,000 police officers at its disposal, one of the largest police forces in America. De Blasio has said he doesn’t want the National Guard to be mobilized, but Cuomo is considering overruling the mayor.
“My option is to displace the mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the governor in a state of emergency and basically take over — you would have to take over the mayor’s job,” Cuomo said in press remarks on Tuesday.
“I don’t think we’re at that point,” he demurred, adding, “That would be such a chaotic situation in the midst of an already chaotic situation.”
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested for Floyd’s death on Friday, but protests had already turned violent and have not stopped.
Police targeted in escalating violence
Rioting in cities around the country continued Monday night, with some protests being peaceful during the day and turning violent after dark.
Police officers were particularly targeted overnight, with a shooter opening fire and wounding four officers in St. Louis, Missouri and another officer in Las Vegas on life support after being shot in the head bty a rioter.
Two officers were injured when they were struck by a vehicle driven by rioters, and two others involved with law enforcement were shot in Buffalo, New York as well.
President Donald Trump urged governors on Monday to “dominate” the rioters and stop the violence, adding that the military could intervene if state and local officials could not get the violence under control.