De Blasio: Curfew Will Remain In Place Across NYC Through Sunday

WCBS 880 Newsroom
June 02, 2020 - 11:07 am

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor de Blasio announced Tuesday that he is extending a citywide curfew through Sunday following several nights of looting and destruction that have followed mainly peaceful daytime protests over the death of George Floyd.

    The curfew will begin at 8 p.m. each evening until 5 a.m. the next morning "to ensure that there will be peace and order, today and tonight and all week in New York City," the mayor said.

    "If you choose to protest today, do it in the daytime hours and then go home," de Blasio said.

    NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan tweeted that when the curfew begins, vehicular traffic will be banned below 96th Street in Manhattan — with the exception of residents, essential workers, buses, and truck deliveries.

    The curfew does not apply to: police officers, peace officers, firefighters, first responders and emergency medical technicians, essential workers, the homeless, and people seeking medical treatment or medical supplies. The MTA said it will continue running service for essential workers during the curfew.

    The MTA said it will continue running service for essential workers during the curfew.

    NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea expressed support for the demonstrations and encourages people to come out to peacefully protest, but said everyone should be off the street by 8 p.m.

    The curfew was initially imposed on Monday, going into effect at 11 p.m., but de Blasio moved it up three hours earlier for the remainder of the week after it failed to prevent looting and destruction across parts of the city.

    Of the violence seen from Midtown Manhattan to the Bronx, which included serious attacks against police officers, de Blasio said, "We don't accept that. We're going to fight that. We're going to fix that."

    De Blasio said the curfew is in place to allow police to "address any situation where someone is trying to do violence to a person or property."

    "Having it at 8 p.m. before it gets dark we think will magnify our ability to control the situation, it's a tool that strengthens the hand of the strategies that the police are using," the mayor said.

    Shea confirmed there were over 700 arrests made overnight for looting, attacks on officers and other offenses. He commended the members of the NYPD and thanked them for patrolling the streets everyday amid the protests.

    "I am aware of every single attack of you, I am aware of what you've done, not just last night, not just the last five days during this incredibly difficult escalating time, but every day, and my message is first and foremost thank you. Thank you for what you do each and every day," Shea said.

    A day after President Donald Trump said that he was recommending governors deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers to "dominate the streets" and end the violent protests, de Blasio said, "We do not need, nor do we think it's wise for the National Guard to be in New York City, nor any armed forces."

    "When outside armed forces go into communities, no good comes of it. We have seen this for decades," de Blasio said. "They are not trained for the circumstance here."

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has offered to all mayors across the state support from state police or the National Guard, who are on standby to respond to protests.

    The governor was critical of the city's response to the lootings saying, "The NYPD and the Mayor did not do their job last night."

    “Look at the videos. It’s a disgrace," Cuomo said, referring to footage showing looters bashing in windows and ransacking stores.

    After days of unrest, de Blasio said he is asking community leaders, clergy and elected officials to step forward to "condemn these senseless acts of violence" and create peace.

    "I know we will overcome this, we're going to have a tough few days, we're going to beat it back," de Blasio said, adding the he plans to move forward with easing restrictions that were put in place because of the coronavirus  on June 8.

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