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    We had a long day and a long night yesterday in our city And, I want to talk about the whole picture and I will be very quick

    You will hear from the commissioner as well The most important thing, always , is to protect the lives of all New Yorkers There is a lot of activity around the five boroughs yesterday and well into the night The bottom line and most important thing, thank God, is lives were protected There was no loss of life last night or obviously in the nights and days before, in these protests

    As much as we know at this moment, there is no serious injury One incident is being looked at, but generally no serious injury to protesters or two officers There are many things to discuss, and there are things that must be addressed and things that need to be done better in terms of our immediate look at addressing this situation and certainly in the work going forward There is much that has to be done in much that will change I want to note that overall, even in a day where thousands of people were out expressing their views and their frustration

    Their pain, their anger and their deep desire for change all over the city Overall what we saw was overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations We will address some of the things we saw late in the evening that were not peaceful and not acceptable When you talk about the reality of the full day, we saw more and more the peaceful demonstrators coming to the floor establishing a different tone and a different reality People who are from communities and want change and they want it done the right way

    The peaceful way and the Democratic way That was more evident yesterday than in the last few days Yesterday I spoke to a number of community leaders and I was in central Brooklyn and I talked to elected officials and I also talked to community residents What I heard overwhelmingly was a desire to keep things peaceful and to implement change in a positive and constructive fashion I heard with my own ears and saw with my own ayes that the community members would set the tone for any protest and not folks who are not from our community and not folks who want to be violent

    We, the community leaders, will set the tone I saw it and heard the specifics of it in central Brooklyn I heard it from Harlem and Southeast Queens Elected officials urging community leaders and the movement leaders stepping in and setting a different tone I think that is very, very important

    I want to commend and thank all of the community leaders and the community members who have said, it is up to the community to determine how this will go and to ensure changes made the right way Thank you because it is crucial that good work continues There are some issues to discuss, for sure In certain specific issues revolving the NYPD that need to be discussed but over all the officers showed restraint throughout the day and the evening yesterday Overall it was a peaceful protest that was handled the way we want it to be handled with officers staying back and protesters allowing to continue in the tradition of this city

    In fact, in many cases we saw police leaders and police officers engage the community and the protesters and show empathy and connection This is what neighborhood policing is about and we saw powerful examples There is a video that the chief of patrol, one of the highest ranking members of the NYPD was out there talking face to face with the protest leaders saying, we want this to be peaceful and we want everyone to express their views the right way There are images of the chief in Brooklyn taking a knee and respecting the concerns of the protesters saying, we can work together There is a powerful image

    I want to thank the daily news for putting this on the front cover today The deputy inspector in Queens showing that NYPD is listening and working with the community This kind of thing, our police leadership reaching out and connecting with the community, this is the concept of neighborhood policing and it is true in this difficult moment and in fact it is how we will overcome this moment and move forward I think the police leaders who found a way to reach out and connect and the restraint of so many of our officers Now, there are things that have to be addressed

    Later in the evening, last night, in several locations and in particular Manhattan We saw losing which is something we typically don't see in this city It is unacceptable and will not be allowed in New York City We will address that aggressively Again, that phenomenon is rare and we saw it for the first time in a serious manner last night

    We did not see it the other night That is from a small number of violent protesters and it is not what everyday community people are doing I want to be clear about it That is why I am confident the NYPD will be able to locate these individuals and deal with the crime There were also situations where police officers acted inappropriately

    It is rare and I want to be clear it must be addressed in every incident There was a troubling video from the night before last of two police cars moving through a intersection and a crowd It was troubling to the people of the city I spoke to it and spoke from the heart about what I saw and about what I knew had been happening in that day and the day before including dangerous situations where the lives of the officers were in danger I tried to express that reality while saying it's not acceptable for a police car to move through a crowd

    I don't think I expressed it as well as I should have There is no situation where a police vehicle should drive into a crowd of protesters, or New Yorkers of any kind It is dangerous and unacceptable This was an extremely aberrant situation and there were extenuating circumstances because of incidents that had happened earlier I understand why the danger that could've been a bigger concept there was looming

    But, is not acceptable for officers to ever drive into a crowd The incident is under investigation as we speak within the NYPD and with an independent review that I have set up with the corporation council and the Commissioner There is going to be, in each and every incident where an officer did something wrong We will follow through on the video of an officer pushing a woman to the ground and up an officer opened the car door and hitting a protester There will be speedy reviews and discipline will be meted out where it is merited

    We need to show the people of the city that there is one standard I got this when I talked to community leaders This is a nagging deep complaint This sense of a double standard that cannot go on The vast majority of officers do their job and do it well

    The vast majority are trying to connect to the community and they are in the job for the right reason There are some who do not belong in this job and there are some who use violence when they should not There are some who are disrespectful of those they serve and who harbor racism in their heart They should not be in the police force and it is our job to get them out In any situation where an offer served up something, even in the context of a protest, if they do something inappropriate there must be an immediate investigation and appropriate penalty that could include all the way up to being removed from the police force

    There is a video going around of a police officer in the middle of a situation that admittedly looked chaotic There were protesters in front of the police officers and the police officer drew his gun yesterday That was unacceptable Now, I don't know the circumstances and we must know all the facts There will be an investigation of that event

    I can say that as a New Yorker and as your Mayor and as someone who understands the vast majority of protesters are there peacefully Even those who do have an up a violent intent are still human beings and we have to know not to place an officer to pull a gun in the middle of a crowd knowing there are peaceful protesters in the crowd That is unacceptable and dangerous Note that a superior officer came over and moved to the officer from that crowd That officer should have his gun and badge taken today and there will be an immediate investigation to determine larger consequences

    So, to me, this makes clear, as we have known the work of reform has been going on for years, but must deepen People are demanding more change and they have the right to They are in pain and they feel there is injustice every day I talked yesterday about what racism means in People's' every day lives There are so many communities of color and this impacts people of African- American descent

    Their assumption in their encounters with the police officer that they will not have fair and equal treatment and that is an unacceptable state of affairs How do we change it? In addition to body cameras and all the things we have tried to do to change policing, what can we do? Here is what we can do immediately Right now the legislature could repeal the 50 A law holding back transparency in police discipline I have called for this and the police commissioners have called for this The governor has said he is ready to sign a repeal well

    Let's do that in the month of June It will be one of the most important things we can do to increase trust in the policing community We must also have legislation that protects the identities of police officers and their personal lives and their home address They deserve that protection but the disciplinary process must be transparent This is a moment we can get that done to deepen the trust and deepen the probability going forward

    What else can we do? There has to be a faster discipline process There needs to be an immediate investigation and consequences It makes people so frustrated and angry and we cannot accept that state of affair and we have to change If an officer has done something inappropriate, there needs to be an immediate investigation and consequences If the officer should not be on the force, we need to remove the officer

    If the officer is not right for a community and unable to work appropriately on the street, they should be removed from work on the street If an officer should not be on the police force, they should be removed We have done a host of other reforms to change policing in the state It's time to go to the next level and we need to go there quickly Any officer who should not be wearing the uniform, they need to be off the force

    So the other officers, the vast majority who are doing their jobs and respecting the community and serving the people and putting their lives on the line, that vast majority of good officers, left their work shine through when we get the bad apples off the police force My final point before turning to Commissioner Shea is that it was reported that my daughter was arrested at a protest My daughter is 25 years old and I knew of some of her views I knew she believed in peaceful protest and participated a few nights ago in a peaceful manner When I found out she had been arrested and I finally reached her and asked her to recount the whole story

    Look, I love my daughter deeply and I honor her She only wants to do good in the world and to see a better and more peaceful world She believes that change is needed and I am proud of her that she cares so much and is willing to do something about it She recounted the story in detail to me She was acting peaceful

    She believes that everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful and respectful protest The bottom line is that I will let her speak for herself in any way that she wants to But, I admire that she was out there trying to change something she thought was unjust and doing it in a peaceful manner It was a reality that every parent faces You never know when your kids become adults how they will go about their lives

    Sometimes you get surprises Even though this was a surprise , I respect my daughter and I honor her and I know her heart I know she appreciates humanity in every kind of humanity She appreciates the fact that people serve us and she appreciates the fact that we need to change this world and she, in her own way, has tried to do that I want to tell her how much I love, respect and admire her

    With that, I turn it to Commissioner Shea >> Thank you Over the day yesterday, we had a number of protest in New York City with large crowds Overwhelmingly they were peaceful throughout the day and they were concentrated in Brooklyn, Manhattan and to a smaller degree in Queens Again, the largest concentrations were in and around the Berkeley Center in Brook one and in and around Union Street and 14th Street in Manhattan

    Throughout the day, as I said, overwhelmingly it was peaceful protests I think there was less tension in the air, from my perspective and from the reports we were getting back throughout the day That changed as the nighttime came and we saw a marked shift around 8:30-9:00 pm as many protesters were leaving for the day

    We started to see criminal activity concentrated in lower Manhattan and other areas That was looting We are still tallying up the totals in terms of arrests and injuries As the mayor says, we start with the most important things with the loss of life We did have some incidents in New York City attributed to the loss — to the protest, but there was no loss of life

    I think the community leaders that came out Again this is an ongoing protests and we are in the fourth day of protests I can tell you the men and women of this Police Department will be consistent and they will be out there again ensuring the rights of people to peacefully assemble and we ask all New Yorkers who participate to do it safely >> Let's take questions from the media Let me know the name of the outlet of each journalist

    >> Reporter: Hi Mr Mayor, how are you? >> I'm good, how are you? >> Reporter: I am good, thanks I want to ask if you are considering a curfew or any other steps other than what has been done in the previous nights? >> Thank you That is an essential question and I appreciate it To date, we haven't believes that a curfew is the right option and we will have a discussion today about that and I will discuss that with the governor also

    We have to look it added added as an option, but with that being said, there are advantages and disadvantages to say the least of instituting a curfew On the previous nights, I think it was different than what we saw last night and we are waiting that now In terms of the strategies that will be in effect tonight, I will let the commissioners speak to it I can say I have been going over the areas where there protest last night and I saw a huge number of NYPD officers, which I think is essential in keeping the peace where there is an attempt at looting We have the officers ready to go

    I think a lot became clear last night with how to strategically approach the situation I have confidence the NYPD will know how to deal with it Commissioner >> I was throughout the city last night and saw firsthand some of the activity What a good day to turn bad

    Unfortunately, it leaves a mark on everything they are trying to accomplish I made the reference yesterday that it is hijacking a cause We had good stories coming out whether it was the cover of the daily news or other stories We saw on social media of all the different ranks that did not always agree but agreed to see her at see and hear each other and listen to each other and to know it was a long journey to get to where we want to be That changed last night and we have to recognize the fact that the protest ended and there was no agenda that included breaking into stores and stealing property

    We will have a robust amount of officers both playing closed- end uniform tonight >> We are going to ensure we do everything to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law if you pull a car into Manhattan and use it to facilitate a crime, you are going to lose your car I encourage everyone to protest and enact change, but we will have little tolerance for criminal activity The one thing I saw was increased numbers it is the groundswell that will in a terrible situation that we are in the middle of now We encourage New Yorkers to speak up whether you agree or disagree and do it peacefully and work with us

    >> Thank you >> Dave Evans from ABC >> Reporter: Hi Mayor, I want to ask you a couple of things I was doing an interview right as you were talking >> We seem to have a problem with Dave's audio two days in a row

    Are you there? >> Reporter: Can you hear me? >> You said you didn't hear the beginning of the press conference Dave, last call, Dave >> Reporter: I'm in lower Manhattan and it's a dead zone, can you hear me now? >> Yes >> Reporter: I wanted to ask if you could address the criticism of you and the police department in the last couple of days and I also wanted to ask >> Dave, you need to get to a better cell zone I will answer the first part

    Last call, Dave, can you hear me? Dave, last call, can you hear me >> Reporter: Yes >> Stay still Do you think Kiara did anything wrong? >> I trust my daughter I've known her her whole life and she is an incredibly good human being

    She cares for other people I have seen this throughout her whole life Anyone who was hurting in her life, she would try to help She was always looking out for the underdog and the person who is not heard She is a very good human who does a lot to help people in a lot of ways

    She has been in activists over the years in lots of ways This is not someone who would commit violence She recounted in tremendous detail what happened and she was clear she believes she was following the instructions of the police officers and doing what was being asked Again, I will let her speak for herself about the details, but absolutely she was clear that she was peacefully protesting and not doing anything that was provoked for the negative response And, the criticisms, Dave, I have spent the entire time in my public life trying to be change with the relationship with the police community

    I know we have done something different in the city in the last 6 1/2 years and neighborhood policing will create a transcendent reality where police can come together I'm going to show this again because I think it is powerful This did not happen in previous administrations It just didn't , to be real about that This is because neighborhood policing says to find a way to connect with the communities and hear and see them as the commissioner said

    There didn't used to be police commissioners sitting here talking about hearing and seeing the community We are making a profound change but we need to do more We must, we, the elected officials and police leadership must change more It is on us to do that I'm also going to express my respect for the vast majority of police officers who are doing their job in tough circumstances

    They are showing a lot of restraint and I will respect that If any officer does the wrong thing, they need to have consequences and they need to be fast We need to show it and not talk about it That's what people will believe in >> Next is Jeff Mays from the New York Times

    >> Good morning Mr Mayor I have two questions Yesterday the police counterterrorism Commissioner said that investigators knew ahead of the protest that some were planning to use the protest for violence but police did not share the information with the public because they feared being identified is trying to postpone the protests My second question is regarding her daughter's arrest

    Do you think any police entity violated privacy rules when they released news of that abreast? Will there be an investigation into that incident ? And, should you have informed the public yesterday that your daughter was arrested? Why did you wait a whole day? >> I respect you greatly and I respect your news organization and I am smiling and laughing because I think you misunderstand If I had known that my daughter was arrested, I would have been the first to let the public know I found out when my staff got a media inquiry and that gets back to your point about the fact that information was leaked I have a 25-year-old adult daughter who lives her own life She can share information if she needs to with me, but it is not something a guarantee when you have an adult child

    So, I knew that she had been out peacefully protesting Ths night and she gave me her sense of what she was seeing and her critique of things I never heard from her after that that she was involved in any thing The only reason I found out she had been arrested was there was a media inquiry with my staff I reached out to her and I said, where are you and what's going on? Finally, she called back and we got on the line with her and she went through what happened We didn't know that it happened to the night before

    She told us about the experience So, no, actually, this is a case of the whole truth and nothing but the truth The media knew of this before I knew of it Of course not The SBA did something unconscionable and it's not just my daughter

    They do it all the time with people's privacy The police unions can be part of the change and improvement in this city and this country They should reevaluate what they are doing at this moment in history More police officers are speaking up around America and saying this unacceptable state of affairs has to change It helps us move forward

    The unions could have a positive role if they were ready to be part of that When they link information, it is absolutely inappropriate It is not happening to just my child but all of you have reported on leaked information from the NYPD that is not supposed to be leaks I don't want to see anything more than is done for anyone else I don't think it is fair that people from law enforcement and appropriately provide infoathat is not supposed to be public every hour of every day

    But then you report it every hour of every day It is a fair question, but I believe in my comments that we have been saying for days now that we see of violent element including a violent element from outside the city and the communities where the protests are happening attempting to use the cover of those who are there peacefully protesting to try to have acts of violence We've seen it in cities all over America I think we have made the statement clearly to people It's a fair question and going forward, if we see something specific that we think might be a particular danger to folks and that we need to alert them, I agree with that entirely

    We did try to say to people, and maybe we need to see say it more sharply that there is an element that aims to do violence and we will see it again today The vast majority of protesters are peaceful and small groups Going in the midst of the protesters and using them as a shield and trying to attack officers and property More and more, people are fighting back, Jeff I heard from Harlem and central Brooklyn with community leaders and officials and clergy saying no, we are going to do this peacefully and we don't want violence in our communities

    If you're going to do that, get out of the protest in our community A lot of times the protesters there to do violence left because the peaceful community-based protest took over the situation Or like what Commissioner Shea said about the looting where people came out and confronted those who were losing There are a small number of people doing the violence, very small We have to get them and stop them

    More and more, the answer will be community member stepping forward and saying, we will not accept this >> Reporter: [ Indiscernible ] >> What is going on with cell phones today? Nolan, can you hear us? >> Reporter: Yes, I can, can you hear me? >> Yes >> Reporter: Maybe let's start here [ Inaudible Question ]

    >> Nolan, repeat that? Your conclusion is what? >> Sorry, this is a two-part question It seems like on Saturday and Sunday Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, you got to Brooklyn after things were out of hand At Flatbush and Berkeley Center in all three of those nights I am curious, why weren't you out during the day with the protesters and talking to the protesters and trying to emulate what was done to keep the city calm, as an example? My second question is to touch on your daughter's experience

    I walked with the protesters from Berkeley across the bridge last night When they arrived at Cal Street, they faced a wall of cops wearing riot gear and carrying nightsticks The crowd divided into a series of smaller protests, some of which did grow violent >> What is your question, my friend? >> Reporter: I gave you one question, why weren't you out? >> What is your second question? >> Reporter: The second question is, with everything I have seen Saturday night and Sunday needs a common English definition of de-escalation and what community policing looks like I wonder if the police have been too aggressive? >> Thank you

    >> Reporter: To finish the question, Mr Mayor >> That's a long question >> Reporter: It was a serious weekend >> Give me a question I can answer, go ahead

    >> Reporter: I am wondering if the police tactic of splitting the protest into smaller groups hasn't helped to fuel this violence? >> Good questions These are questions I ask all the time in the Commissioner's asking and the Commissioner and I talked yesterday I'm not making it up I think we talked 30 or 40 times during the course of the day We are asking questions constantly

    If we were dealing with traditional peaceful protests, everything would have been different We want to deal with traditional peaceful protes and my hope is that more of that is what is going to happen People of made a powerful point, but what we need is for the community to speak more and more That is what we are seeing with elected officials speaking out and clergy That is the essence of how we are going to make change

    Peaceful protests have worked and violent protests comes with horrible unintended consequences It's the wrong thing to do, unto itself So, the reason you saw a mix of different approaches is because you did have violent protesters mixed in That has been shown time and time again in these protests and all over the country I have been in a lot of protests as a protester and I've been there as an elected official

    The Commissioner has been there as a police officer Up to 100,000 people all peaceful where the police department consistently stood back and let the police for protest move and protected everyone That's what we believe in and that's what we want and that is not the hand we were dealt in the past few days We also needed to deal with those who were violent So, it's a balancing act and the Commissioner can speak to it as well

    Clearly yesterday officers were working to de- escalate And the community coming to the floor, those are positive trends and we want to deepen those trends To the 1968 reality, it is night 1968 and we are in a different reality I constantly think about what is the right way to engage I have found to work with community leaders who I am working with all the time to figure out the best actions that we can take to address concerns about each protest

    I am monitoring each and every protest as they are unfolding When I go there, sometimes it's because I don't like the answers I am getting and I go to see for myself and I meet with police leaders to talk about what is going on But, it is not 1968 and it's a different environment Sometimes when a leader puts themselves into the middle of a situation, it exacerbates the situation and does not address it, especially in a situation like this I was speaking with community leaders and central Brooklyn and I do that all the time throughout my life in public service and I will do that all day long

    When you are dealing with folks who are who want disruption and want to create something to go on video to be there cause and to create a visible disruption, I've got to be smart about how I handle that and I'm conscious of this all the time In conversations with community leaders and community activists , people are working to address this at the grassroots and that's what matters You want to add anything? >> Generally speaking, nothing would make us happier than a large group voicing their opinion, safely That happened yesterday at the Barclays Center where there was a large number of people there many hours I would describe it is not contentious at all

    There were police officers there and very little hostility, if at all There were also police officers in reserve, should things get out of hand and thankfully it did not come to that Another group in Brookland and I need to give them credit They walked from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back Eventually they met up with the group at the bar lay center and that was accommodated and generally see speaking that is what we like to happen

    We are also fluid and we go by conditions on the ground Yesterday there were occurrences that took place and I will give examples We had to either alter a route, or divider route, for safety reasons One occurrence in Brookland where protesters were fighting with other protesters and it got dangerous We had a very small number, a very small number, during the March I described where people made their way into the March and threw objects at police officers

    That caused alterations to the route Again, if we can go in like a surgeon with a scalpel and make a correction in a couple of arrests and allow the larger group to continue, that's what we do The last one I can think of off the top of my head is we had an occurrence yesterday where people were trying to light fires and burns stores down We cannot have a large protest moving towards that and that's one of the situations you described I would agree that we try to be as flexible as possible and let the protesters march and exercise their right

    That's what we want We had minor issues until it got dark yesterday >> This is Juliet >> Reporter: Good morning Mr Mayor and good morning Commissioner

    My first question is for Commissioner Shea and then for you Mr Mayor How do you know who these outside agitators are? Who are they and where are they coming from? Are they identifiable in any way? I Mr Mayor, if you call the looting not acceptable and that it will not be allowed, is that the strongest language you can muster for people who are destroying cars and property and stealing merchandise in stores? >> I'm not going to fall into the notion of I have to use a certain language that someone wants to hear I'm just going to re-real with you

    We are not going to allow it It's illegal and wrong and we will deal with it These folks have nothing to do with peaceful protests What they are doing is criminal We will deal with it and that's the bottom line

    Commissioner on the other question >> I am the deputy commissioner and John Miller's comments yesterday when he briefed the members of the media There are ways we look at this Obviously we have made arrests and we have intelligence from those arrests with who is arrested There is also open- source advertisementsyou will, that are put out for the public to see

    Some of this is not unique to the environment we are in right now, unfortunately There are outside agitators trying to rally people to do bad things It's done under the cloak of a greater cause Again, this is what we are dealing with and it makes it a little difficult right now But, we are working with federal partners and with local authorities and number one trying to — first and foremost, we try to make sure we don't have loss of life and that we keep people safe

    Then we go to property What we saw yesterday, we never want to see and we will do what we can to stop it Whether it is somebody from outside or somebody from within New York >> Next is Rosa from the city >> Reporter: Mr

    Mayor, you are taking A BAD APPLE APPROACH TO BEHAVIOR BY POLICE BUT THERE ARE MORE WILL WAYS TO THINK ABOUT HOW POLICE HANDLE PROTESTS THE BODY OF EVIDENCE WITH HOW PEOPLE WEAR UNIFORMS AND WHETHER THEY ARE ON BICYCLES AND HOW THAT INFLUENCES WHAT HAPPENS SO, MY QUESTION IS FOR YOU, HAS THE CITY CHANGED ITS MODEL FOR CROWD CONTROL IN 20 YEARS? WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY HERE? DOES IT NEED UPDATING? OR, IS THIS REACTIVE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSES? >> YEAH, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION AND I WILL START AND TURN IT OVER TO THE COMMISSIONER THERE IS A REALLY GOOD POINT YOU ARE MAKING

    AND I APPRECIATE NOLAN'S QUESTION TOO WHETHER THERE ARE PARTS OF THE TACTIC IT HAVE A REVERSE IMPACT? I WOULD SAY IF WE WERE DEALING WITH CONSISTENTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS, IT WOULD BE IMMEDIATELY CLEAR WE DID NOT WANT WHAT RIOT GEAR AND WE DO NOT WANT A LARGE NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS WE WANT A DE- ESCALATION APPROACH, JUST LIKE WE ARE SHOWING IN EVERY DAY POLICING I KNOW THAT DE-ESCALATION TRAINING HAS HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON HOW POLICE ENCOUNTER A SITUATION BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN THE REDUCTION IN GUN DISCHARGES AND WE HAVE SEEN A REDUCTION IN THE INCIDENCE THAT TURN VIOLENT BECAUSE OF DE-ESCALATION STRATEGIES YOU ARE RIGHT ALSO TO SAY THAT EVEN HOW POLICE PRESENT THEMSELVES TO THE COMMUNITY IS STRUCTURAL

    THE CULTURE OF POLICING HAS TO CHANGE AND THAT IS WHY FROM THE POLICY LEVEL WE HAVE BEEN DOING THAT DE-ESCALATION TRAINING WITH IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING AND THE STRATEGIES ARE FELT ON THE GROUND IN MANY WAYS, BUT THERE IS MORE TO DO WHEN DEALING WITH PROTESTS, THERE IS A SMALL NUMBER OF DEDICATED VIOLENT PROTESTERS WITH A GROUP OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS AND IT CREATES A DEEP COMPLEXITY THAT HAS TO BE ADDRESSED WE SEE IT, ROSA, WE SEE IT I WISH WE DIDN'T, BUT WE HAVE EXAMPLES OF THE VIOLENT PROTESTERS AND WE HAVE SEEN THEIR INSTRUCTIONS TO PEOPLE OF HOW TO ATTACK PROPERTY OF HOW TO BRING WEAPONRY WITH THEM

    WE HAVE SEEN THE WEAPONRY THAT HAS BEEN RECOVERED WE KNOW THERE IS A SMALL SUBSET DOING THIS AND THAT CHANGES THE WHOLE NATURE OF THE POLICE APPROACH SO, I THINK YOUR QUESTION LEADS TO A POWERFUL POINT ARE WE TRYING TO GET TO THE DAY WHERE IT LOOKS VERY DIFFERENT WHEN THERE IS A PROTEST AND THE AMOUNT OF THE POLICE AND THE LOOK OF THE POLICE AND THE APPROACH OF THE POLICE? ABSOLUTELY WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT THAT WAY

    AT THE CLIMATE STRIKE, THE POLICE PRESENCE WAS VERY, VERY SUBDUED THIS IS A DIFFERENT REALITY COMMISSIONER? >> THE SHORT ANSWER IS WE EVOLVE CONSTANT THE PERIOD FROM MANY YEARS AGO WITH THE DISORDER CONTROL UNITS TO THE WAY WE ARE WITH STRATEGIC RESPONSE TODAY EVERY ELEMENT FROM UNIFORMS TO DEPLOYMENT TO BICYCLES THAT IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING IT IS A FLUID SITUATION

    I THINK MANY NEW YORKERS WOULD BE SURPRISED AT THE REPORTS WE GET ON A DAILY BASIS WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO GET THE CURRENT CLIMATE OF WHAT WE ARE GOING TO NOW OR EVEN THE MONTH BEFORE WITH THE PANDEMIC ON AN AVERAGE DAY IN NEW YORK CITY, YOU COULD HAVE SIX PROTESTS GOING ON AND NO BUT HE NOS ABOUT IT AND THEY GO OFF FLAWLESSLY WE WORK WITH THE DETAILS IN FRONT OF US BUT, WE HAVE CERTAINLY CHANGED OVER THE YEARS AND WE CONTINUE TO WE ALWAYS LOOK TO LEARN, BUT IT HAS CHANGED QUITE A BIT

    WE HEARD WHAT YOU SAID WITH HOW WE LINE UP AND HOW MANY OFFICERS WE HAVE AND HOW THEY ARE DRESSED ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT AND WE LOOK TO DO THE BEST WE CAN WITH THE MAYOR'S WORDS, BE CAREFUL HOW YOU IDENTIFY HERE WHAT DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS EARLIER? WE HAD INTELLIGENCE, BUT HOW DOES IT LOOK BALANCING OUT IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME IF WE TOLD THE NEW YORKERS, DON'T COME OUT, WE THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE PROBLEMS? WE HAVE HAD THESE AGITATORS COME MANY TIMES BEFORE AND I THINK THE MEDIA IS AWARE OF THAT ULTIMATELY, EVERYBODY IS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR OWN DECISIONS

    I THINK NEW YORKERS ARE WISE BEYOND ANYONE THEY KNOW THAT WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A PROTEST AND THEY KNOW IF SOMETHING IS AMISS AND THAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TOO BAD THINGS IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE, THE LAST THING I WANT YOU TO DO IS TRY TO DISSUADE PEOPLE FROM COMING OUT, ESPECIALLY NOW, AND VOICING YOUR CONCERNS YOU ALSO NEED TO BE CAREFUL AND ALERT TO WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOU IF SOMETHING DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT AND YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE PLANNING SOMETHING, PLEASE LET THE POLICE KNOW OR AT LEAST KEEP YOURSELF OUT OF THE DANGEROUS SITUATION

    >> NBC >> Reporter: HI MR MAYOR AND EVERYONE ON THE CALL I HOPE YOU'RE DOING WELL >> HOW ARE YOU DOING ANDREW? >> Reporter: OKAY

    WE ARE NEARLY AN HOUR INTO THE NEWS CONFERENCE AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE, NO ONE HAS MENTIONED THE PANDEMIC FIRST OF ALL, DO YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT ALL OF THESE CROWDS GATHERING REGARDLESS OF THE PURPOSE AND REGARDLESS OF THE PASSION? IN TERMS OF PUBLIC HEALTH, I WOULD LOVE IT IF ONE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS ON THIS CALL, ANSWER THAT AS WELL WILL THERE BE A RISE IN THE COVID CASES AS A RESULT OF ALL OF THESE CROWDS? WHY HAVE YOU NOT MADE PUBLIC HEALTH STATEMENTS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS REMINDING PEOPLE ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING? >> ANDREW, AN EXCELLENT QUESTION WE DON'T HAVE THE PUBLIC HEALTH FOLKS ON NOW, BUT THEY CAN SPEAK TO THIS LATER ANDREW, I HAVE TO SAY, AND I WANT TO EXPRESS THIS HOPEFULLY TO EVERYONE

    JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, WHILE WE WERE ENTIRELY FOCUSED ON ALL OF THIS WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES THIS CITY HAS EVER FACED WITH THIS PANDEMIC THIS PAINFUL, HORRIBLE CRISIS IT IS TAKING THE LIVES OF SO MANY NEW YORKERS WHEN I WAS IN CENTRAL BROOKLYN YESTERDAY, I MAYBE HAD 15-20 CONVERSATIONS WITH EVERY DAY PEOPLE ON THE STREET OVERWHELMINGLY, PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT CONCERNS ABOUT THEIR HEALTH AND ABOUT THEIR KIDS AND ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF MONEY OR THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN CHECKS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    SOME PEOPLE, OF COURSE, RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT CRIMINAL JUSTICE BUT, MOST PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS THEY ARE SCARED FOR THEIR HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF THEIR FAMILY AND THEY ARE WORRIED THAT THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THINGS ARE GOING WITH CORONAVIRUS THAT HAS NOT STOPPED ANDREW, I THINK THE HONEST TRUTH IS WE ARE DEALING WITH THIS IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT

    ANOTHER EFFORT INTERESTING MOMENT THAT IS VAST IN ITS SCALE IF THERE HAD NOT BEEN THE CORONAVIRUS, THIS LAST PHASE WOULD STAND OUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY AS A PAINFUL AND PROFOUND MOMENT WHEN YOU SEE IT LITERALLY HAPPENING IN CITIES BIG AND SMALL AND ENTIRELY ALL OVER THE COUNTRY SO WE I THINK WE HAVE TWO EXACT OPPOSITE REALITIES THAT ARE COLLIDING AT THE SAME TIME NOW, THE DISPARITIES, LET ME HASTEN TO SAY THAT THE DISPARITIES WITH THE RACISM THAT IS INHERENT WITH THIS PANDEMIC IS INHERENT IN THE CONCERNS FROM THE POLICING DEBATE, WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THEM ACROSS THE BOARD

    WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO FOR YEARS AND WE NEED TO DO IT MORE BUT FROM THE CENTRAL POINT, IT IS VERY HARD TO SAY TO PEOPLE WHEN THERE IS SUCH PAIN AND SUCH ANGER, TO SAY, DON'T COME OUT BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, I THINK THIS IS SOMETHING WE GRAPPLE WITH ALL THE TIME WE DON'T WANT THEM TO HEAR THAT AS YOUR CONCERNS ARE NOT VALID IT IS A TOUGH BALANCE AGAIN, THIS IS SUCH A PAINFUL AND INTENSE NATIONAL SCALE

    BEFORE THIS, WE HAD SMALL PROTESTS AND I SAID WHETHER YOUR LEFT, RIGHT, OR CENTER, DO YOUR PROTEST VIRTUALLY BUT THIS IS AN OUTPOURING OF PAIN AND FRUSTRATION YEARS AND YEARS AND DECADES OF PAIN AND FRUSTRATION THIS IS A DIFFERENT REALITY AND WE HAVE TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND AND ADDRESS IT AND, I AM VERY WORRIED ABOUT THE HEALTH IMPACT AND I WOULD WERE URGE EVERYONE TO THINK ABOUT THIS

    FOR THOSE WHO HAVE MADE THEIR PRESENCE AND VOICES HEARD, THE SAFEST THING AT THIS POINT IS TO STAY HOME, OBVIOUSLY WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO EACH OTHER AND WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE WHERE THEY COULD CATCH OR SPREAD THIS DISEASE I THINK THAT MORE AND MORE, PEOPLE HAVE TO REALIZE THERE IS A DANGER THAT COULD CAUSE REAL IMPACT ON THE RESURGENCE OF THIS DISEASE WE DON'T HAVE THE FAX YET, ANDREW, THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING OUT DOORS IT IS BETTER THAN GATHERING INDOORS

    THERE IS A REAL DANGER AND THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THIS COULD INTENSIFY THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS AT A POINT WHERE WE ARE JUST STARTING TO BEAT IT BACK PROFOUNDLY I WANT TO BESEECH EVERYONE TO THINK ABOUT THAT I WOULD CERTAINLY URGE EVERYONE, LOOK, YOU'VE MADE YOUR POINT, IT'S TIME TO STAY HOME IF YOU DO GO OUT, PLEASE TRY TO AVOID AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING THIS IS A HORRIBLY COMPLEX SITUATION, IT JUST IS

    WE'VE NEVER DEALT WITH ANYTHING LIKE THIS AND WE ARE TRYING TO FIND OUR WAY TO THE BEST SOLUTIONS RIGHT NOW >> Reporter: NEXT IS MARCIA FROM CBS >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, HOW ARE YOU DOING? >> GOOD >> Reporter: IT SEEMS WITH THE VIOLENT PROTESTERS THAT POLICE HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED AND I WONDER IF THERE IS A PLANNED GOING FORWARD WITH HOW POLICE WILL DEAL WITH THE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS AND THOSE WHO WOULD SEEK TO DO VIOLENCE OR TO LOOT OR TO ENGAGE THE POLICE IN A VIOLENT WAY? MY SECOND QUESTION HAS TO DO WITH THE BRIEFING JOHN MILLER GAVE ABOUT THESE PROTESTERS SINCE THE NYPD DID HAVE INTELLIGENCE ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY WANTED TO LOOT AND THEY WERE ORDERED, ACCORDING TO ENCRYPTED MESSAGES, TO TARGET HIGH-VOLUME STORES AND FANCY STORES AND CHAIN STORES AND WEALTHY COMMUNITIES, WHY WEREN'T THE POLICE ABLE TO GET AHEAD OF THAT AND STOP IT? >> I WILL START AND TURN IT TO THE COMMISSIONER

    THE WAY YOU OPEN THE QUESTION, MARCIA, AND I KNOW YOU WERE SPEAKING SINCERELY, BUT I WOULD NEVER USE THE WORDS THAT YOU HAVE THERE EVEN WITH THE ATTENTIONS IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, THANK GOD THERE WAS NO LOSS OF LIFE AND THANK GOD WE HAVE NOT SEEN SERIOUS INJURY THERE WERE SITUATIONS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN VERY BAD THAT WERE AVERTED IN LARGE MEASURE BECAUSE POLICE LEADERSHIP SAW SITUATIONS AND STOP THEM BEFORE THEY GOT WORSE IT IS NOT NEW IN THE WORLD AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT KIND OF VIOLENCE AND WE HAVEN'T SEEN THAT AS MUCH IN THIS CITY SOME OF THIS IS FROM THE CITY AND SOME FROM OUTSIDE

    IT PUTS A STRAIN ON THE NYPD TRYING TO CHASE ALL KINDS OF GROUPS IT WAS WORKING VERY WELL AND TELL ABOUT 9:00 LAST NIGHT THEN WE SAW SOMETHING WE HAD NOT SEEN AS MUCH THAT, NOW, NEEDS TO BE DEFENDED AGAINST IN A DIFFERENT WAY AND THAT WILL HAPPEN TODAY THERE WAS A LOT OF PRESENTS AND WE WILL MAKE SURE IT IS IN THE RIGHT PLACES SEEING WHAT WE ARE NOW SEEING FROM THIS VIOLENCE

    BUT, FROM THE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS, WE SAW PEOPLE GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT AND NOT ATTACKING PEOPLE SO, THIS IS DAY TO DAY AND HOUR TO HOUR AND WE WILL MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS COMMISSIONER >> THANK YOU WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT INTELLIGENCE AND DEPLOYMENT AND HOW THEY COME TOGETHER, WE TOUCH ON WHAT THEY COME TOGETHER

    IT IS EVEN KEEL AND RESPECTING THE PROCESS AND DEALING WITH COWARDS, IF YOU WILL, THAT ARE HIJACKING THE CAUSE AND LOOKING TO DO ILL WILL WHETHER DOES PROPERTY DAMAGE OR — THINK OF THE NEW YORKERS CALLING FOR HELP AND HAVING TO WAIT THERE IS SO MUCH IMPACT WHETHER IT IS BARRICADES OR FIRE OR LOOTING THAT IS TAKING PLACE THE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN VERY NIMBLE WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT AND WE ARE STILL TALLYING UP THE ARRESTS

    THEY WERE DEPLOYED IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND ENGAGING I EXPECT 400 OR MORE ARRESTS JUST FROM LAST NIGHT, MARCIA, JUST FOR LOOTING AND SIMILAR ACTIVITY WE NEED THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TO STEP IN AS WELL AND WE NEED A DETERRENT AND WE NEED CONSEQUENCES WE NEED THE MANHATTAN DA'S OFFICE IN THE BROOKLYN DA'S OFFICE TO DO THEIR JOB PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTEST FREELY, BUT THERE IS A LINE

    WHEN YOU THROW BRICKS AT POLICE OFFICERS I CAN'T SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT WHO PROSECUTED THE COWARDS WHO THREW A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL AT OUR OFFICERS YOU NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE AND UNDERSTANDING THE ENVIRONMENT WE ARE IN AND ALLOWING PEOPLE TO PROTEST WE KNOW THERE WILL BE MINOR ARRESTS MADE WE WERE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THAT AND I THINK IT COMES WITH THE TERRITORY AND EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT

    WHAT WE DO NOT HAVE PATIENCE FOR IS VIOLENCE AND LIGHTING FIRES AND PUTTING PEOPLE'S LIVES AT RISK THAT'S WHERE THE PROSECUTORS NEED TO STEP IN AND MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IT IS UNACCEPTABLE >> THE LAST QUESTION OF THE DAY GOES TO HENRY >> Reporter: I WANT TO ZERO IN ON THIS ISSUE OF OUTSIDERS EVEN MORE I WONDER WHY THE MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER WERE SHYING AWAY FROM BEING MORE SPECIFIC

    SOME WERE FROM OUT OF STATE, ACCORDING FROM MR MILLER THE OTHER DAY WITH THE ETHNIC BACKGROUND IN POLITICAL BACKGROUND FROM OTHER STATES WITH THAT INTELLIGENCE, WHY CAN'T YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON >> HENRY, THIS IS DAY TO DAY GATHERING OF INFORMATION AND I HAVE TOLD THE COMMISSIONER TO KEEP PUTTING OUT THE INFORMATION AS YOU GET IT

    WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING CERTAINLY FROM THE PEOPLE COMING OUT FROM OUT OF TOWN, IT IS PRIMARILY WHITE PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FROM NEIGHBORHOODS AND GO INTO NEIGHBORHOODS AND DO VIOLENCE THEY HAPPEN TO BE WHITE PEOPLE AS WELL I STRUGGLE TO CATEGORIZE THEIR IDEOLOG BECAUSE OF IT DOESN'T RESEMBLE ANYTHING I HAVE SEEN AS A COHERENT PHILOSOPHY I DO KNOW THEY WANT TO CAUSE DESTRUCTION WE SHOULD CONTINUALLY GET YOU MORE AND MORE INFORMATION, BUT IT DOESN'T BEAR ANY RESEMBLANCE TO WHAT THE COMMUNITIES — THE FOLKS WHO ARE EXPRESSING THEIR GRIEVANCES AT STRUCTURAL RACISM AND THE PROBLEMS WITH POLICING

    THEY ARE OF AND BUY-IN FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF NEW YORK CITY THEN THERE ARE OTHERS WHETHER THEY ARE FROM DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE CITY OR OUTSIDE THE CITY THAT HAVE A DIFFERENT, VIOLENT, AGENDA THAT IS NOT CONSISTENT WE WILL GET YOU MORE INFORMATION AS WE HAVE MORE EVERYONE, WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED AND LET NEW YORKERS WHAT IS HAPPENING MORE IMPORTANTLY, LET'S KEEP THE PEACE TODAY

    THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE SPEAK UP AND KEEP THE PEACE IN THE COMMUNITY WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD AND WE NEED TO GET BACK TO FIGHTING THIS CORONAVIRUS WE NEED TO GET BACK TO BEING UNIFIED IN DOING THIS TOGETHER THANK YOU EVERYONE

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