New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has quit pretending he won’t bow to the “woke” mob.
The Democrat announced at a press conference Saturday that he would give in to protesters’ calls to defund law enforcement by promising to end state funding to police departments that fail to enact measures addressing police brutality and alleged systemic racism, the Washington Examiner reported.
“We heard you”
Gov. Cuomo shared the details of his plan to overhaul New York police departments during his Saturday presser, where, according to the Examiner, he announced that those protesting in the Big Apple and beyond in the wake of the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police had “won.”
“We heard you. You’re right. We agree with you, protesters,” the Democrat said, according to the Examiner. Turning to local governments, he said if they don’t comply, “you won’t get any state funding. Period,” he said.
Cuomo went on: “We’re not going to tell you what to do. But we’ll tell you have to go through the process. And you have to pass a law with your redesigned police force.”
The deadline imposed by the governor for those unspecified reforms is April 1, 2021, the Examiner noted.
“You don’t need to protest”
In response to his calls for action from local governments, Cuomo indicated that he wants demonstrations over Floyd’s killing in New York — which have turned violent in some instances — to come to an end.
“You don’t need to protest, you won,” Cuomo said Saturday, according to NBC New York. “You accomplished your goal. Society says you’re right, the police need systemic reform.
“Let’s sit down at a table, with the local government, with the police, with the other stakeholders. How do we design the local police department?” he continued. “What do you want the police to be in New York City? Let’s design it.”
The “plan” that Gov. Cuomo was referring to in his remarks included legislation he signed on Friday known as the NYS Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, which set a time frame of nine months for the 500 separate municipalities in New York state to enact demanded reform measures on local police departments, according to NBC New York.
While the legislature didn’t lay out specific goals, it did set a framework for guidance on issues that must be addressed, including community-based outreach and policing, crowd management tactics, de-escalation training and practices, implicit bias awareness training, restorative justice practices, and use of force practices by police officers.
Only time will tell, however, if this is enough to satisfy the mob.