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Cuomo calls NYC protester arrest 'very disturbing,' 'frightening'

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 07:54:51-04

MANHATTAN — Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized the Tuesday arrest of a teenage protester in Manhattan.

NYPD officers hauled a vandalism suspect into an unmarked minivan. Video of the incident quickly drew outrage. Many compared the arrest to actions by federal law enforcement officers during ongoing protests in Portland, Oregon.

“It was so outrageous, they thought it was a federal action,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “It looked like something that would happen in Portland, Oregon.”

He said it was emblematic of a larger problem in how police and communities interact.

“I’m surprised that, especially at this time, the NYPD would take such an obnoxious action," Cuomo said. "It was wholly insensitive to everything that’s going on. It was frightening."

NYPD Detectives' Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo accused Cuomo of playing politics.

"What’s obnoxious is your unjustified criticism of those men and women who are holding this City together, and the only ones preventing its descent into lawlessness," he said.

The DEA stands by the officers who made the arrest, DiGiacomo said.

"At a time when police are being assaulted and 100 police vehicles have been vandalized and burned, our detectives acted swiftly and professionally in making this arrest without incident," he said.