Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD failed to stop looters from running rampant through the streets of New York City late Monday into early Tuesday under the cover of the protests over George Floyd’s death, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

“The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night. I believe that,” fumed Cuomo in an Albany press briefing Tuesday. “The police in New York City were not effective in doing their job last night. Period.

“They have to do a better job.”

Despite some 8,000 cops mobilized and 11 p.m. curfew enacted in an attempt to head off a fifth straight night of violence, open looting and vandalism exploded in Lower Manhattan, Midtown and The Bronx as Monday bled into Tuesday.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo
New York governor Andrew Cuomo

The governor said that de Blasio “underestimates the scope of the problem,” and should “use 38,000 [NYPD] cops” — the entirety of the department’s force — to quell the unrest, calling the results to date “inexcusable.”

Cuomo, as de Blasio and others have, drew a sharp distinction between peaceful protesters “rightly outraged” over the death of Floyd — a black man who died May 25 after white Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck — and anarchy-minded agitators steering the demonstrations towards violence.

“They have no right to wrap themselves in the flag of righteous indignation of Mr. Floyd’s murder,” said Cuomo.

De Blasio earlier Tuesday announced that an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew would be in effect for the city through Sunday, even though Monday’s curfew accomplished little in the face of the fiery riots.

Cuomo reiterated that 13,000 National Guard troops are “on standby” statewide and available to any mayors who request them, but showed no willingness to go over the head of de Blasio, who has resisted calls to take that drastic step.

“You’d have to displace the mayor,” said Cuomo, again calling for even more cops to hit the streets. “I do believe the NYPD, well-deployed, wouldn’t need the National Guard.”

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