Cuomo: 'I stand with the protesters'

Police presence on city streets will double from 4,000 to 8,000.

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June 1, 2020 - 4:37pm

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he supports actions of the non-violent demonstrators marching against police brutality.

Cuomo said during a coronavirus press conference on Monday, he declared that he stands "with the protesters" who are advocating for justice following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.

He added that the criminal elements overshadowing any change that may come about from their efforts.

"The violence, the looting the criminality plays right into those people who don't want progressive change," he said.

Cuomo is placing a curfew on New York City and has the state’s National Guard on standby after a weekend of violent protests. Cuomo said the curfew starts at 11 p.m. and will be lifted at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

 

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