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New York sending state troopers to localities with protests

Jun 01, 2020 6:00 am
Cayla Harris is reporting for the Times Union state troopers will aid local governments throughout upstate New York as officials anticipate more demonstrations in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. The state is deploying 200 additional state police to Rochester and 150 to Buffalo after a "long and ugly night all across the nation," Cuomo said. The state is also in talks with Syracuse and Albany to see what additional reinforcement those cities may need. The National Guard is also on standby if needed, the governor said. The governor's daily coronavirus briefing May 31, was dominated by discussion of the unrest statewide, and Cuomo urged demonstrators to remain peaceful while protesting. In the 24 hours from Saturday to Sunday, demonstrations turned violent in Rochester, a protester attempted to light Buffalo City Hall on fire and videos of two New York Police Department vehicles driving into crowds in Brooklyn went viral.