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Watch live: Cuomo gives update on coronavirus response and protests

06.06.20, 19:11

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that protests in the wake of George Floyd's death continued across the state on Friday and that they were primarily peaceful.

The governor touted proposed legislation to address police reform in the state. The "say their name" agenda is made up of four cornerstones: make police disciplinary records transparent, ban chokeholds, make false 911 calls based on race hate crimes, and give police murder investigations to the state Attorney General.

"We have a moment here where we can make change," Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the police officers who pushed an elderly man to the ground by police officers in Buffalo this week would be "held accountable," and added that he expected the attorney general to publish a report on the incident in the coming weeks. Video shows the man bleeding from his head after hitting the pavement.

Cuomo also announced Saturday that the state reported the lowest daily number of coronavirus deaths — 35 — since a pandemic was declared. 

Cuomo announced he would accelerate the opening of places of worship in "phase two" of reopening, allowing for 25% occupancy with social distancing. He also said he would sign an executive order to ban price gouging of personal protective equipment.

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