Governor. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he had taken to the streets “with protesters” in the wake of George Floyd’s Minneapolis police-involved death, calling what he called “continuing injustice.”
“Enough is enough,” Quimo said during his daily coronavirus press briefing in New Rochelle, “Floyd’s death on Monday – which gave rise to national outrage – is not an isolated incident.”
“This is a continuation of cases and situations that have been going on for decades and decades and decades,” Kuomo said, referring to “a chapter in a book” of black men who died after applying excessive force at the hands of police officers.
“And the title of this book is Continued Injustice and Discrimination in America,” says Kuomo.
High-profile police brutality cases, including those of Governor Rodney King, Amado Diallo, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, listed black men.
“I was there for Rodney King, Amadou Diallo … when does that change?” Kuomo asked. “Rodney King’s 30 years have passed … Where’s the progress? Eric Garner I’m with the protesters.”
Quimo said he did not support “arson and hooliganism and theft” after Floyd’s death, but did support the protests.
“I stand symbolically with the protesters,” he said. “I stand against arson, theft and crime.”
Floyd, who was unarmed, died after a white Minneapolis police officer knocked the handcuffed Floyd on the neck for a few minutes during a disturbing incident that was caught on camera.
“That’s why there’s anger. That’s why there’s frustration and anger,” Kuomo said. “It’s happening over and over again about the same situation and seeing the same thing and not learning the lesson.”
Kuomo added, “This country is better than this and it shouldn’t take so long to end fundamental inequality and fundamental injustice.”
The governor compared the injustice to the fact that the coronavirus has randomly affected black and Hispanic New Yorkers.
“Coronavirus affects and kills minorities more than anyone else,” Kuomo said.