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New York Governor Says Police Failed to Do Their Job to Prevent Looting during Protests

FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo  (REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo)

FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo)

Andrew Cuomo said Mayor Bill de Blasio has underestimated the scope of the problem.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that New York City's police force failed to protect businesses and the public from looting and other criminal activity the prior night and that the city's mayor had refused help from the National Guard.

"The NYPD and the Mayor did not do their job last night," Cuomo told a daily briefing on the coronavirus, referring to the New York Police Department and Mayor Bill de Blasio. "I believe the Mayor underestimates the scope of the problem."