Gov. Cuomo: Bail should be set for looters exploiting peaceful protests

"It would be nonsensical if the police were arresting looters...then returned to the street to loot again," said Gov. Cuomo

News 12 Staff

Jun 4, 2020, 3:09 PM

Updated 1,454 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said looting will not be tolerated in New York City and is asking district attorneys to “charge them appropriately.”
He says looters exploiting peaceful protests should be held on bail, so they don’t go out and loot again.
"It would be nonsensical if the police were arresting looters...then returned to the street to loot again," he said. “The law is the law.”
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The governor says charging looters with burglary 2 can warrant cash bail.
He also said protesters should act as if they are infected with COVID-19 and should get tested to protect the public and their families.
Westchester and the Hudson Valley are on pace for a Phase 2 reopening on Tuesday. Long Island is on pace for a Phase 2 reopening on Wednesday. The next phase will include outdoor dining at restaurants.
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More briefing notes are below:
  • Gov. Cuomo on COVID-19 pandemic compounded by atmosphere created by George Floyd's death: "it is as dangerous a time as I have ever experienced."
  • "There is no tolerance for violence against a police officer in any part of this state."
  • Gov. Cuomo: Looters are exploiting the protests.
  • To NYC district attorneys: "It would be nonsensical if the police were arresting looters...then returned to the street to loot again."
  • Total number of hospitalizations are down, 52 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 on June 3.
  • Gov. Cuomo urges protesters to get tested for COVID-19. He says protesters they should assume they are infected.
  • New York City enters Phase 1 on Monday amid protests.
  • Gov. Cuomo says they are directing insurers to expedite claims from businesses that were looted, provide free mediation of disputes and accept photos as reasonable proof of loss so businesses don't have to wait for police reports.
  • Outdoor dining is now included in Phase 2 reopenings.
  • There are 7 regions in Phase 2 now. Westchester and the Hudson Valley will enter Phase 2 next on Tuesday. Long Island will enter Phase 2 on Wednesday.
  • Cuomo: As the school year comes to an end, the state is allowing drive-in and drive-thru student graduation ceremonies.
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