The video of a 75-year-old protester being shoved to the ground so hard by officers in Buffalo that his head cracked open on the sidewalk has gained national attention.
Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the video during his daily press briefing on Friday, saying watching it made him sick.
"I was sick to my stomach," Cuomo said. "Where was the threat? Police officers just walked by. It is fundamentally offensive and frightening."
The police officers involved in the video have been suspended, and Cuomo praised the quick actions of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. He also urged the district attorney to conduct an expeditious investigation into criminal charges for these officers.
"Stopping police abuse vindicates the overwhelming majority of good police," he said.
The legislature is planning to return next week to vote on a package of police reform bills. Cuomo laid out his own priorities, which he is calling the "Say Their Name Agenda."
It includes four items that would make prior disciplinary records accessible, ban chokeholds, make false race-based 911 reports a hate crime and placing the attorney general as an independent prosecutor for police murders.
"You have to heal the police-community relationship," the governor said.
Cuomo says he has no plans right now to go out and meet with protestors in any of the cities in the state.
Forty-two people died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in New York. This is the lowest number of fatalities since March.