NYT editorial board tells de Blasio to 'open your eyes, the police are out of control'

NYT editorial board tells de Blasio to 'open your eyes, the police are out of control'
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The New York Times editorial board slammed New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioCuomo calls on NYPD to 'step up' in enforcing coronavirus regulations at bars Feehery: Weak mayors destroy America's great cities Dozens of state, local health leaders fired or resigned amid pandemic: report MORE (D) in a Friday op-ed over his defense of the New York Police Department (NYPD) after multiple reported instances of them using excessive force amid recent protests against police brutality and racial inequality.

“New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, is responsible for the city’s failure to protect the safety of its residents,” the board wrote in a piece titled “Mayor de Blasio, Open Your Eyes. The Police Are Out of Control.”

“As evidence of police abuse has mounted, he has averted his eyes, insisting Thursday that the Police Department uses as ‘light a touch as possible,’” they wrote, referring to comments de Blasio made at a press conference. 

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The NYPD has faced scrutiny in recent days over its handling of protests, including criticism of one video showing two police cruisers lurching through protesters and another of an officer pushing a woman to the ground.

“Officers have been allowed to behave in a manner that disgraces their mission to protect and serve, and violates the public trust,” the board wrote.

The board also came for New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCalifornia Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup New York may be undercounting coronavirus deaths in nursing homes: AP Cuomo calls on NYPD to 'step up' in enforcing coronavirus regulations at bars MORE (D), who has been critical of NYPD leadership but stood by officers.

“Open your eyes, Mr. Cuomo,” the Times wrote.