NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said Wednesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has apologized for his criticism of how the NYPD handled Monday's night violence and looting.
The governor at his daily briefing Tuesday denounced the mayor and the city's police department as ineffective in the face of the nightly looting amid peaceful protests over George Floyd's death.
"The NYPD and the Mayor did not do their job last night," Cuomo said.
“Look at the videos. It’s a disgrace... What happened in New York City was inexcusable," the governor said, referring to videos showing looters bashing in windows and ransacking stores.
The mayor called the comment disgraceful and demanded an apology.
Monahan told NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday that the governor called NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea to apologize.
"His office called and apologized to me, and I know he called the commissioner directly to apologize that that's not what he meant, that he did not mean to put down police officers," Monahan said, adding that he hopes the governor will come out and apologize publicly. "The men and women of this agency have done a remarkable job in unprecedented times and I couldn't be prouder of the work the men and women of this agency have done."
Cuomo had said that he believes in the capacity of the NYPD, but thinks more officers should have been deployed to deal with the situation.
He retierated that statement at his briefing Wednesday morning saying, "I spoke to the Police Commissioner and said the same thing I just said to you and the same thing I said yesterday, which is, it’s an issue of management and deployment. The actual police officers, are the best. My issue was with the management and deployment, never about the police officers. It's about the management, it's about the deployment, not about the officers.
Cuomo acknowledged that the situation in the city last night had improved.
"Last night was a much, much better night than the night before," Cuomo said. "So it worked. We got results. Let’s just remember what we did last night and let’s keep that going.”
Monahan says the city's 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew helped police take control of the streets.
The NYPD arrested about 280 people during last night's George Floyd protests.