New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reacted to Thursday's graphic video that showed police officers in Buffalo pushing an elderly man to the ground with pool of blood seen appearing under his head, Albany, Friday.
Cuomo praised the mayor of the city for suspending the involved officers.
«You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity. Why? Why? Why was that necessary? Where was the threat? An older gentleman, where was the threat?» he said.
«I want to applaud Mayor Byron Brown. The mayor of Buffalo suspended the police officers yesterday, immediately, and I believe the district attorney is looking into it from a possible criminal liability point of view and I applaud the district attorney for moving quickly,» he added.
Such brutal images stemming from police in the wake of George Floyd's murder in law enforcement custody prompted the governor to introduce the «Say Their Name» police reform bill, which would outlaw chokeholds and make the local attorney general the independent prosecutor for police murders.
«Reform works for everyone's interest here. Stopping police abuse vindicates the overwhelming majority, 99.9% of police, who are there to do the right thing and do do the right thing every day. It restores the confidence, the respect, and the trust that you need to make this relationship work,» he said.
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