Cuomo addresses George Floyd protests, saying violence ‘dishonors Mr. Floyd’s death’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Updated: May 31, 2020 01:29 PM
Created: May 31, 2020 01:08 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — During his daily briefing Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo focused on the protests across New York state following the death of George Floyd.

“Last night [Saturday] was a long and ugly night all across this nation, as we know,” Cuomo said.


Cuomo said the protests were entirely about the systemic racism that pervades American life, but “violence never works.”

“It dishonors Mr. Floyd’s death," Cuomo said. "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 the protests are “very difficult situations to manage. The police are in an impossible situation in many ways.”

He said the National Guard is on standby and that hundreds of additional troopers are being made available in Rochester and Buffalo.

“We expect additional protests tonight and we’re preparing for such,” Cuomo said. 

Watch his briefing in its entirety below:

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