Cuomo: ‘You don’t need to protest — you won’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed protesters during a briefing on Saturday and asked, “What do you want the police department to be in New York City?”

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GOV. ANDREW CUOMO: People are still out protesting. You don't need to protest. You won. You won. You accomplished your goal. Society says, you're right, the police need systemic reform. That was accomplishment one. Now go to step two. What reform do you want? What do you want?

I want systemic reform. OK. How do you define systemic reform? Let's sit down at a table with the local government, with the police, with the other stakeholders. How do we redesign the police department? We start with this. It's a blank piece of paper. What do you want the police department to be in New York City? Let's design it. Here's a pen. Let's design it. What functions, what's the staff, what's the budget, what should they stop doing?

You, we design it together. We have nine months to do it. The local government convenes it. The local government convenes all the stakeholders. Take nine months. It's easier said than done. And pass a law enacting that redesign by April 1. Well, what if we don't? Or if we can't agree? Then you don't qualify for state funding.

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