Cuomo calls Brooklyn clashes 'disturbing,' asks attorney general to review

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York City delays plan to restart indoor dining, citing coronavirus outbreaks across the country Watch live: Gov. Cuomo holds press briefing The Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks MORE (D) on Saturday called violent clashes between police and demonstrators the previous night "disturbing" and said he has asked the state attorney general to conduct a review.

Police said that more than 200 people were arrested Friday as several demonstrations played out throughout the night.

A crowd of some 3,000 people gathered near Brooklyn's Barclays Center before breaking out into smaller protests, according to local news outlet PIX11.


Cuomo said Saturday he would request that New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) investigate what happened during the demonstrations and release a report to the public.

"The public deserves answers and accountability," he said.

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioRepublican Nicole Malliotakis wins New York primary to challenge Max Rose Pennsylvania issues order requiring people to wear masks in public New York City delays plan to restart indoor dining, citing coronavirus outbreaks across the country MORE (D) reinforced that there would be an independent review of the protests during a press conference Saturday morning.

"I want to know exactly what happened, why it happened and what can be better," the mayor said. "We're working to ensure the protests in the days to come will be peaceful."

CNN reported that of the more than 200 arrests on Friday night, around 40 were from outside the city. Many of those arrested were given summonses or desk appearance tickets.


The NYPD did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Hill.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson blasted the NYPD's response to the protests Friday, saying, "Tonight was a failure of leadership."

"How did we go from a peaceful protest to what transpired tonight? We failed to de-escalate," he wrote. "The NYPD should be easing tensions, not pepper spraying state legislators and shoving peaceful protestors. Tonight was a failure of leadership."