Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Additional Video of Rochester Police Officers Handcuffing and Pepper Spraying a 9-Year-Old Girl

“This new video of Rochester police officers handcuffing and pepper spraying a 9-year-old girl is even more shocking and disturbing than the last. New Yorkers in every corner of the state are sickened by these actions and as a father of three daughters, I’m furious. There must be a thorough and competent investigation—period. This is symptomatic of a broader problem—the relationship between police and communities is damaged and needs to be fixed, and that’s why we’re requiring police departments statewide to reimagine their forces or forgo state funding. Officers are sworn to protect and serve and this horrific behavior can never be tolerated.”