Riots and looting continues to rage in New York City over the death of George Floyd in police custody and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have proven that neither can meet the challenge.
Buck Sexton, the host of the “Buck Sexton Show” said Tuesday that lack of leadership has done nothing but embolden the protesters and tax the city’s police force.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen going forward because guess what?” Sexton said. “The looters, the rioters, they’re just becoming even more emboldened with all of this. Now, this is now a symbol across the country.
Looting and rioting have been raging across the U.S. since George Floyd, a black man, died in police custody. His death sparked nationwide condemnation after video emerged showing a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, with his knee pressed on his neck while he pleaded for air. City officials across the country see no end in sight for the unrest.
The finger pointing in New York was swift. Cuomo—who is no fan of de Blasio—blamed the mayor of failing to stop looters and said at a press conference that “the NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night. I believe that. The police in New York City were not effective in doing their job last night.”
New York experienced its worst looting Monday night. Macy’s Herald Square was looted, vandalism exploded in Lower Manhattan and luxury stores throughout the city were ransacked. Cuomo, according to the New York Post, said de Blasio is grossly underestimating the number of cops needed and put the number at 38,000—essentially the entire force.
Sexton, a former CIA analyst, said a source in the NYPD told him that there were 8,000 uniformed police officers on the street last night, half the amount that there should have been. And morale in the department is low, officers are working long shifts and tired and they even arrested de Blasio’s adult daughter at an earlier protest. The mayor said he was “proud” of her.
Sexton said he' sensing a certain joy being expressed by some of these looters.
“And we’re not talking about somebody smashing the store window, running inside, grabbing something and running away,” Sexton said. “That happens, too. I’m talking about within hearing-distance of where I’m doing this show, people forming a mob, laughing, screaming. There’s broken bottles all over the streets here of hard liquor. What’s that all about? It’s a party, folks. It’s like the purge out there.”
Cuomo said that 13,000 National Guard troops are ready to assist, but said the NYPD “well-deployed” would not need the help.