Police Commissioner James O'Neill

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O’Neill Fires Back At Cuomo For Criticizing Officers In Water Dousing Attacks

August 06, 2019 - 5:38 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill fired back Tuesday after Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized officers involved in the recent water-dousing incidents.

During his monthly crime statistics briefing, O’Neil brought up Gov. Cuomo’s comments made a day earlier in which he insinuated that the department needs to do a better job training officers.

“I don't know how we are training police officers. How when you are basically assaulted, and that's an assault, you retreat,” Cuomo said on his WAMC broadcast.

He added that the officers’ actions were “disturbing and embarrassing.”

Though no reporters asked him about the comments, O’Neill used the briefing to respond and defend the officers.

“The governor made a statement about training about those two police officers and I was little surprised at that. Every time that I've seen him and talked to him he's fully supportive of what we do,” O’Neill said.

Cuomo was referring to the two police officers who were caught on video walking away while being drenched with buckets of water in Brooklyn.

“We ask our cops to make decisions — sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes in the middle. And we fully support them,” O’Neill said of the officers’ decision.

He adds that now is not the time not to be divisive, but rather to work together.