Cuomo: It’s a Good Thing To Redesign the Police Dep’t That Works for Everyone

Cuomo: It’s a Good Thing To Redesign the Police Dep’t That Works for Everyone


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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Saying that there must be “trust and respect between the police and the community,” New York Gov Andrew Cuomo (D) is embracing the call for police reform, which has become a key issue in the United States since the May 25 murder of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis, Minn., police.

Americans across the country have been looking to reform both what police departments do, as well as how they do it, since Floyd was murdered under the knee of then-Officer Derek Chauvin.

Floyd’s death triggered an outpouring of protests in America’s streets.

Aside from banning such procedures as chokeholds, many Americans are also looking to offload responsibilities for some tasks to social workers or other community workers.

“I think people, at one point, said enough is enough. They want a different type of policing, they want a different relationship with the police. I think it’s a good thing, Jimmy,” Cuomo, who became something of a national celebrity for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in his state, said during an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. “Look, if you don’t have trust and respect between the police and the community you have nothing. The relationship has to work if it’s not working for one party the relationship is not working. What the community is saying, ‘It’s not working for us.’ Great. Let’s reset the relationship.”

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