VALHALLA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The coronavirus pandemic and the unrest over the death of George Floyd are separate, but Gov. Cuomo says they are affecting one another.
With both still ongoing, the Governor says it’s time for New York to “lead the way once again.”
Gov. Cuomo says the state will have the most aggressive reforms following the death of Floyd, who lost his life while in police custody.
Cuomo called his death the “tipping point” in an issue that had been “brewing for decades, if not centuries.”
The reforms Cuomo is hoping to enact were previously announced as his “Say Their Name” agenda.
- Allow for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by reforming 50-a of the civil rights law
- Banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers
- Prohibiting false race-based 911 reports and making them a crime
- Designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement
These reforms are part of Cuomo’s broader Justice Agenda, which he discussed during his daily briefing.
Recently, a 75-year-old was seriously injured after being shoved by Buffalo police outside City Hall.
The incident, which happened during protests over Floyd’s death, was captured on video. The injured man, later identified as Martin Gugino, was seen bleeding from the head.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident on Tuesday, prompting a fiery response from Cuomo during his daily briefing.
Cuomo, who appeared surprised by Trump’s tweet, called the President’s words “reckless” and “irresponsible.”
The Governor said Trump “should apologize for that tweet” after saying it “pours gasoline on fire.”
“Show some humanity,” Cuomo said shortly before moving on to talk about policing reform.
Specific details were not released, but the Governor is calling for changes. He did not specifically discuss the ideas of defunding or dismantling any departments or programs during his conference.