New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that he was unhappy with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for refusing to call up the National Guard to get rioting under control in the city.
Cuomo termed the continued looting “inexcusable” and called on de Blasio and the NYPD to do better at controlling the mayhem.
“My option is to displace the mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the governor in an emergency and basically you would have to take over the mayor’s job,” Cuomo said to explain what would happen if he overruled de Blasio. “I don’t think we’re at the point,” he said.
Stores on 5th Avenue were looted and the violence spilled over into the Bronx, where a police officer was run over with a vehicle in a hit-and-run.
“That is wholly unacceptable and does not represent the people of this city,” de Blasio said. “Anyone who attacks a police officer attacks all of us.”
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