Mayor: NYC has taken 'step forward' in restoring order

Grant Boone
June 4, 2020

Police grapple with "total chaos" on fifth night of protestsNew York City descended into "total chaos" overnight, as swarms of looters took advantage of the fifth night of George Floyd protests, a high ranking NYPD member said Tuesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had doubled down on a citywide curfew, moving it up from 11 p.m. the night before, but rejected urging from President Donald Trump and an offer from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bring in the National Guard.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said about 60 people were arrested near Central Park out of a large band of protesters who had marched from near the mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion.

The governor said his issue was never with the police officers of the NYPD, whom he said are the "best in the country", but rather with the management and deployment of the force.

New York, much like several other U.S. cities, has seen widespread protests following the death of George Floyd, an American of African origin, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the restrictions will begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Referring to the looting, Governor Cuomo said Tuesday that Mayor de Blasio "underestimates the duration of the problem".

According to the governor, it is illegal for a police department to discriminate against someone due to their race. Cuomo also said that video footage taken during the protests showed "a lot of looting and not enough police presence".

"That situation was created by a group of protesters blocking and surrounding a police vehicle", he insisted at the press briefing, calling it a common tactic "that can be very very unsafe to everyone involved".

Peaceful protests in dozens of cities across the United States sometimes turned violent when security officials clashed with protesters over racial inequality and police brutality.

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Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the handcuffed black man's neck as he cried that he couldn't breathe.

Floyd died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis on 25 May, reigniting the explosive issue of police brutality against African Americans.

"What we know at this point and time is that it appears to be a completely, cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack on a defenseless police officer and thank God we aren't planning a funeral right now", Shea said.

The NYPD stopped 5,000 protesters from entering Manhattan by blocking them on the Manhattan Bridge on Tuesday night.

Authorities said the curfews were not meant to curtail people's right to protest - as protected by the First Amendment - but to crack down on violence and looting which was generally taking place after dark.

Security personnel with dogs stand guard outside Saks Fifth Avenue, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of NY.

As Washington made her remarks during a brief news conference inside Minneapolis City Hall, Gianna, dressed in a white shirt, tennis shoes and light blue jeans clung to her mother, at times with a frown on her face.

Protesters take a knee before a moment of silence outside Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden during a march, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of NY.

"Right after that is restarting our city helping people get their livelihoods back", he said.

"It's the right thing to do for just a few days", said de Blasio. "We're not flawless, we do the best we can in a situation".

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