Peaceful protests have been nowhere in sight in New York City for the past two nights as rioters continue to loot stores, exchange gunfire, and run down police officers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn't hesitate to blame the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio for the carnage. They "did not do their job last night," he charged at his Tuesday press conference.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD “did not do their job last night" after widespread looting seized parts of New York City on Monday.— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 2, 2020
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The Detectives' Endowment Association said that the governor should be ashamed, considering their officers put their lives on the line every day.
To @NYGovCuomo:— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) June 2, 2020
More than 150 NYPD cops have been assaulted — 4 were almost murdered — and all you speak about is how we aren’t doing a good job. As Governor, you should support the men & women who are working to stop NYC from burning. That’s what leadership is. Shame on you! pic.twitter.com/jh8M5CcnCh
Plenty could argue that Cuomo "didn't do his job" either in protecting New Yorkers when he ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients in March. That decision, which he's since reversed, likely led to the demise of thousands of elderly New Yorkers, many have charged.
The riots have turned deadly for both protesters and police in multiple cities. On Tuesday night in St. Louis, retired police captain David Dorn was murdered by a group of rioters when he was trying to protect a local pawn shop.
The NYCPDDEA urged New Yorkers to alert the authorities of any assaults they see on law enforcement, since the Brooklyn DA left that out of his recent message.
.@BrooklynDA: When will you tweet asking for information about the cops who were assaulted. We won’t hold our breath!!!— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) June 3, 2020
Anyone with info about assaults on police can send it to the same address. https://t.co/wUVfjawyyo
George Floyd's family has urged rioters to stop looting and tearing apart their communities, because it's not what George would have wanted.
"My brother was about peace," Floyd's brother Terrence said this week.