New York’s top lawmakers call Brooklyn protests ‘warranted,’ urge de-escalation

by Editorial Team

New York’s top state lawmakers issued a statement Saturday calling protests in Brooklyn “warranted,” but strongly urged all sides to deescalate tensions.

“Protests have been unfolding across the country and here in New York. Let’s be clear — the reason for the protests themselves is warranted and too familiar,” State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said in a joint statement.

“Our hope is the heartfelt demonstrations do not lead to more violence, injuries or worse,” they continued. “From what we have witnessed, there must be better coordinated efforts to help de-escalate tensions and allow for our citizens to protest injustices.”

The statement also referenced State Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie and State Assemblywoman Diana Richardson who were both pepper sprayed during unrest near Fort Greene Park.

Tensions have flared in the Big Apple and around the country after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. Minnesota — the epicenter of rioting — has seen four days of chaos, looting and arson, with Gov. Tim Walz warning the Pentagon might have to get involved to quell the unrest.

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