Suffolk County Executive Bellone says 'structural racism' to blame in Floyd killing, other incidents

BRIEFING NOTES: 
  • Bellone says George Floyd's killing, and many other incidents, including some on Long Island, are part of "structural racism."
  • "The quest that we have in this nation, that we have to move toward more freedom and equality...we can and should be guided by [Rep. John Lewis'] example."
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  • Bellone touts Suffolk County police's ability to keep people safe during recent protests in the county.
  • Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Geraldine Hart condemns killing of George Floyd. She urges those that wish to protest to do so peacefully.
  • Chief Stuart Cameron says the killing of George Floyd was disgusting and not  a by-the-book arrest: "Treat everyone with respect and value all human life."
 
  • Bellone: There have been an additional 87 cases of COVID-19 in last 24 hours.
  • There have been 27 COVID-19 patients discharged in last 24 hours. 
  • Bellone: 13 Suffolk residents died from COVID-19 in last 24 hours. The death toll stands at 1,892.
  • Bellone: Zagster will end bike sharing program in Suffolk County, will withdraw by June 12. It was originally launched as "Bethpage Ride." 
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