A curfew for New York City will start at 11 p.m. on Monday
- 02 June 2020
New York City will join several other US cities in implementing a curfew Monday night from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday as the city headed for a fourth night of unrest, APA reports quoting .
"There is going to be a curfew in New York City that we think will be helpful," he said in a radio interview, adding that the NYPD will be doubling its presence — from 4,000 officers to 8,000 — following protests over the weekend that saw hundreds of demonstrators arrested and some businesses vandalized.
Immediate details of the curfew's rules were not available. Thousands of workers have still been using the subway system during late night and early morning hours, despite its overnight closure beginning at 1 a.m. It's not clear if those essential workers would be deemed exempt from any curfew, or what the punishment will be for anyone caught out after 11 p.m.
"I stand behind the protesters and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment," Cuomo said in a press release. "The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous cause. While we encourage people to protest peacefully and make their voices heard, the safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised."
Cities in more than a dozen states began to implement similar curfews over the weekend in response to massive protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. One officer involved in the arrest was charged, but three others shown on video were not charged.
Uber and Lyft said they were also suspending services during curfew hours in cities where such a request is made.
In some cases, National Guard troops were deployed by governors, and in Washington DC they aided protection of the White House as fires were set in the district. In a call with state leaders on Monday, President Trump chastised "weak" governors and told them they needed to be more tough on protesters.
"You're making a mistake because you're making yourselves look like fools," he said, according to a recording obtained by CBS News. "And some have done a great job. But a lot of you, it's not – it's not a great day for our country."