Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) for faulty training, calling a response to several instances where officers were doused with buckets of water “unacceptable.”
“There was an incident in New York City where police officers were doused with water and the police officers walked away and got back in the car. That is wholly unacceptable,” Cuomo told WAMC’s “The Roundtable” radio show.
“Walking away was one of the most disturbing and embarrassing actions I’ve seen, I don’t blame those officers, I believe they were relatively new,” he added.
The governor questioned how the department trains new officers, claiming state troopers would have done a better job in arresting those responsible for the dousing.
“I look to the training and the policies of the police department that would’ve instructed them to act that way,” Cuomo said.
“If that ever happened to the [New York] State Police, I would bet you my bottom dollar that you would not see State Police officers assaulted and they turn around and get back in the car,” Cuomo continued.
The governor was mentioning a recent string of videos where police officers were getting soaked with buckets of water in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn.
The videos went viral, prompting the NYPD to speak out on the issue and release a “memo” on what cops should do if they ever find themselves in that kind of a situation.