UPDATED 9:19 AM PT — Friday, June 5, 2020
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) denied claims he apologized to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for criticizing its handling of the ongoing protests. In a radio interview Thursday, he said he never apologized for saying the NYPD did not do their job despite conflicting reports.
This came after Police Chief Terence Monahan said Cuomo’s office called him and Commissioner Dermot Shea earlier this week to apologize for his remarks. However, Cuomo said an apology was not necessary because his comments were directed at management and not the officers themselves.
“No I never apologized because I didn’t say anything about the line…what managers tried to say is ‘oh, the governor is saying that the cops are to blame’…I never said that the cops are to blame,” he explained. “I’ve been very close with the NYPD from day one…I said it’s the management, it’s the management.”
As of Thursday, an 8 p.m. citywide curfew is in effect with thousands of protestors continuing to march in defiance of the orders.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of the NYPD is issuing his own apology for racial bias within his department and its use of excessive force. Commissioner Shea made those statements during a press conference on Thursday.
He said he’s sorry for the role the NYPD has played when engaging in racial division. Shea went on to apologize for the escalating tensions between protesters and the police force.
“So for our part in the damage to civility, for our part in racial bias and excessive force, unacceptable behavior, unacceptable language and many other mistakes — we are human and I am sorry,” he stated.
The department has come under fire in recent days, following multiple recorded incidents of police allegedly using excessive force on protesters.