Governor Cuomo Highlights Differences Between Protestors and Looters, Gives Uplifting Data on COVID-19

Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press briefing today, discussing protests, looting, and COVID-19.  “It’s the first time that we’ve talked about these two situations at the same time,” he said, adding, “At this moment of confusion and unrest, the smartest thing to do is to take a step back and gain perspective.”

The Governor praised protestors but had a separate message for those engaging in acts of crime, saying, “Civil unrest, that is a complex situation with a number of levels.  You have protestors that are outraged at what has happened.  You also have criminal activity, looting, and extremist groups who are using this moment for their own purposes, while exploiting this movement and moment.”  Noting the contrast between looters and protestors, Cuomo said, “Those are two very different things.”

Lastly, regarding a police response, he stated, “The police must stop the looting and criminal activity.  That is the essence of the police force.”

Concerning the epidemic, Cuomo said the data was positive, stating, “On the COVID-19 issue – Day 94 – We have more good news today.  The number of hospitalizations is down.  The number of new COVID cases walking in the door is at an all-time low, 154, so congratulations to the people of the State of New York.  Look at what you did, look at the progress you have made.  God bless you.”