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NYPD That Ran Into George Floyd Protesters With SUV 'Acted Appropriately,' Says Mayor Bill de Blasio

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By Clark Sparky

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio claimed that police officers in a video that went viral over the weekend "acted appropriately." In the clip, two NYPD SUVs can be clearly seen accelerating into a crowd of people protesting the killing of George Floyd, running into several of them.

The action seemed to be in response to some people throwing rubber traffic cones at the vehicle. There were no injuries from the incident, according to NBC News.

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De Blasio addressed what occurred during a press conference on Sunday in which he also spoke more broadly about the police response.

“It is inappropriate for protestors to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers,” he said. “That’s wrong on its face and that hasn’t happened in the history of protests in this city.”

He blamed the actions on people coming into the city from outside communitues.

The mayor claimed that it was “clear that a different element has come into play here who are trying to hurt police officers and trying to damage their vehicles.”

He went on to admit that they will look into the way in which the officers reacted.

"I did not want to ever see something like that I don't want to ever see it again," de Blasio said. "And clearly, we need to do a full investigation and look at the actions of those officers and see what was done and why it was done and what could be done differently."

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The mayor quickly took heat for making the comments. One person speaking out was New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

"Your comments tonight were unacceptable," she tweeted at the mayor. "As mayor, this police department is under your leadership. This moment demands leadership & accountability from each of us. Defending and making excuses for NYPD running SUVs into crowds was wrong. Make it right. De-escalate."

The protests have broken in out in over 140 cities across the country, and at least 40 of them now have curfew orders in place in order to help keep the streets clear.

While most people have been peaceful, some have turned to violence. Floyd's brother, Terrance, asked people to remain peaceful.

"Sometimes I get angry, I want to bust some heads, too," Terrance Floyd told ABC News' Alex Perez during an interview this weekend. "I wanna ... just go crazy. But I’m here. My brother wasn’t about that. My brother was about peace. You’ll hear a lot of people say he was a gentle giant."

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