“Last night was a long and ugly night all across this nation, as we know,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Cuomo said the protests were entirely about systemic racism that pervades American life, but “violence never works.”
The governor said that damaging small businesses that are trying to be a part of restarting the economy in the very communities that the protests are in is counterproductive.
“It dishonors Mr. Floyd’s death. Mr. Floyd was not violent. Mr. Floyd was compliant. Mr. Floyd wasn’t even charged or accused of a violent crime. There was no violence. That’s what makes the killing more outrageous. When you are violent it creates a scapegoat to shift the blame. It allows the president of the United States to tweet about looting rather than murder by a police officer,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said the protests are “very difficult situations to manage. The police are in an impossible situations in many ways.”
Cuomo said some videos are “truly disturbing” and some of them are “inexplicable.”