During Monday's COVID presser, Cuomo said that it was possible for a well-intentioned protest movement to be "hijacked" by criminals. "Can you have a legitimate protest movement hijacked? Yes you can," Gov. Cuomo says. "There is no doubt there are outside groups that come in to disrupt."
However, he added "I don't even believe it's the protesters. I believe there are people using the protests for their own purpose. There are people who want to sow the seeds of anarchy. Who want to disrupt."
Earlier, the SBA, the Sargeants Benevolent Association, one of the NYPD's most powerful unions, criticized de Blasio for not allowing cops to do their jobs, and called on the mayor to impose a curfew and allow mounted patrols (cops on horseback).
Around the time that Cuomo announced the news during a radio interview Monday afternoon, the SBA's twitter account tweeted a message that was quickly taken down by twitter.