New York City was not the place to be in 2020, that’s for darn sure.
First, there was the tremendous impact of the coronavirus pandemic on The Big Apple. Thanks to the population density and the city’s non-stop hustle and bustle, COVID-19 spread like wildfire, nearly overwhelming the city’s healthcare system entirely.
During that disaster, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo came under heavy fire for his handling of the ill, specifically in regard to his decision to send some patients to nursing homes where the populations were almost entirely considered “at risk” for deadly complications of the illness.
Now, as New York City Police seem unable to keep up with the looters and rioters who’ve hijacked large, otherwise peaceful protests, Cuomo is now sending a stern message to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night, I believe that,” Cuomo said of the mayor.
Cuomo spoke after another night of devastation in the Big Apple, after protests in response to the death of George Floyd again devolved into riots and looting. The New York City Police Department tells Fox News that 700 arrests were made overnight. A half dozen police officers were injured, while at least six police vehicles were vandalized.
Cuomo said at a press conference that the mayor “underestimates” the scope and duration of the problem, suggesting he needs to deploy more police.
“You have 38,000 NYPD people, it is the largest police department in the United States of America,” he said. “Use 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property and people. Look at the videos, it was a disgrace.”
Then the fecal matter really hit the fan.
In an extraordinary statement, he went on to say his “option is to displace the mayor … bring in the National Guard” and essentially “take over.” However, he said, “I don’t think we’re at that point.”
De Blasio’s police forces were again caught off-guard on Wednesday night, prompting many to wonder just how close Cuomo is to pulling the figurative trigger.
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