NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Governor Cuomo’s comments about the NYPD not “doing their job” amid protests that got out of hand, drew the ire of police unions and Congressman Peter King.
“The time has come for these two guys to knock it off and work together,” King told WABCRadio.com.
King had tweeted his disdain for Cuomo and his lack of support for the city’s police. He said the governor called him last night to say the criticism was directed at Mayor de Blasio.
“It was that second guessing of the cops,” King said.
The longtime Long Island-based lawmaker wants more leeway for the NYPD to determine the best way to handle protests and if the National Guard should be deployed. But given the more positive outcome Tuesday night, King is encouraged.
“Last night, the NYPD did a terrific job,” King said. “…Hopefully we’re coming near the end of this trauma.”
The city is no stranger to seeing, and dealing with, rioting.
“But I don’t think we ever saw a situation like we did Sunday and Monday night, when basically the police lost control of the city to these… roaming gangs of vandals and looters.”
While he admitted a large problem was a lack of resources for the NYPD, King cited another reason for the escalating violence.
“They’re reluctant to police aggressively for concern that something’s going to show up on Facebook, or somewhere on social media, and the mayor and governor are going to take the side of the violators, the terrorists, out there over the cop,” King said.