Tense moments followed 20 hours in New York. curfew Tuesday evening after authorities took steps to reduce violence, vandalism and looting after days of protests.
City leaders have prepared for another night of protests, reinforcing their presence and imposing a curfew even earlier than the one implemented on Monday.
The city, like others across the country, was rocked by protests over the death of George Floyd, who happened in Minneapolis on May 25 while in police custody.
In order to slow down the violence, the authorities moved the city’s curfew at 8 p.m. and warned residents that only buses, delivery trucks and essential workers’ vehicles will be allowed south of 96th Street after this time. The NYPD has also canceled regular days off for “all members in full uniform,” according to a police note.
However, thousands of protesters remained on the streets a few hours after the new curfew, even as police imposed new roadblocks.
As part of the enhanced measures, the police installed checkpoints on the streets to block unauthorized vehicles. In some places, even as protesters continued to walk through the night, calm was relative. But evidence of vandalism was again visible in parts of the city.
A group of walkers was arrested on the West Side Highway after 8 p.m. curfew, the New York Post reported, but videos from elsewhere in the city continued to show large crowds overnight.
A video in Times Square showed a large crowd of people still gathered on the street nearly two hours after the curfew. Most wore masks, many of them appeared to be standing.
People periodically leave the crowd and exit the camera until a much larger group begins to leave the area. Another video taken nearby showed crowds moving across the street.
Pockets of unrest have exploded here and there, according to local reports.
Around 9:00 p.m., hundreds of protesters broke into a Verizon store on Fulton Street and Broadway – near City Hall – the Daily News reported. The crowd reportedly descended Canal Street and returned to Broadway, smashing windows along the way.
At the same time, at least five people, including two NYPD officers, were injured in a shootout involving police in Brooklyn, according to ABC 7. It was not immediately clear whether the shots were related so that it is at the demonstrations.
Other videos showed a tense confrontation between a singing crowd and the police in front of a school and the police arresting a dozen demonstrators in front of a bank.
About half an hour before the curfew, thousands of protesters marched to Trump Tower in Manhattan. Bryan Llenas of Fox News, who was reporting on the sidelines, shared videos of the scenes on Twitter.
They showed a strong police presence with uniformed officers and steel fences installed to minimize looting and violence.
“So far in New York, it’s a completely different night,” than the day before, he tweeted at 8:40 a.m.
Marta Dhanis of Fox News saw arrests in the SoHo district of the city and broken windows in a Manhattan Gap store, but also said things looked quieter than they were earlier in the week .
And across the East River, as a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn approached the Manhattan Bridge at around 8:30 p.m., police blocked them, as seen in a photo taken by James Rogers, editor Fox News scientist.
A day earlier, protests were raging – becoming violent in some places with reports of looting, vandalism and even attacks on police. Since Saturday, the NYPD has reported about 500 arrests for burglary. The majority of them have already been released due to local bail reform laws.
“Every day our officers leave their own families and homes to protect yours, while being shot at, throwing Molotov cocktails in their vehicles and being intentionally hit by cars,” the NYPD commissioner tweeted Tuesday. Dermot Shea. “They put their lives on the line to fulfill the oath they took for public safety.”
He was referring to an incident in which demonstrators allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail in an NYPD vehicle.
Other confrontations in the past few days have involved police beaten by hit-and-run drivers and hit with objects ranging from water bottles to bricks.
“I have to be honest. I can not support it. It’s so, so bad, “said Pat Brosnan, a former NYPD detective, speaking with Ed Henry on” America’s Newsroom “on Tuesday.
A video shared on the Sergeants Benevolent Association’s (SBA) official Twitter account shows an NYPD officer beaten by a group of men in the Bronx as spectators shout profanity.
Critics of the city’s handling of the protests have stirred mayor Bill de Blasio as city officials and police try to restore peace.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, called de Blasio’s response to the crisis “shame” on Tuesday after police said they arrested around 700 protesters overnight after the first curfew since for decades, which started at 11 p.m.
He also said de Blasio had refused assistance from the National Guard, which the mayor said would be unnecessary.
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“We don’t need it, and we don’t think it’s wise for the National Guard to be in New York. Nor any armed force, “he told reporters on Tuesday. “When external armed forces enter communities, nothing good comes of it.”
In a video posted on Twitter by the New York City Police Benevolent Association, PBA President Patrick Lynch called on the mayor to give more support to the police and allow them to do their jobs.
“Itinerant gangs going up and down the street, under the cover of protests – when it is 12 o’clock in the evening, it is not a demonstration, it is a riot – it is looting”, he says. “The mayor must say now: ‘It stops today.’ “
President Trump, speaking at the protests, wrote on Twitter that New York City “had been torn apart.”
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Demonstrators were already in effect Tuesday evening, marching and chanting slogans ranging from “Raise your hand, don’t shoot” to insults against the police.
Within two hours of 8:00 p.m. curfew, thousands of peaceful protesters gathered in Manhattan’s Bryant Park. They finally turned to Trump Tower, which the police and secret service agents had barricaded, before some in the crowd began to disperse.
Greg News, Bryan Llenas and Adam Shaw of Fox News contributed to this report.