NY Mayor de Blasio considering curfew amidst George Floyd protests

New York mayor says he is discussing imposing curfew as city faces protests, looting, attacks on police during anti-racism demonstrations.

Gary Willig ,

Bill de Blasio
Bill de Blasio
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was considering imposing a curfew Monday as violent protests over the murder of an African American man in Minneapolis continue to rock the city and the country.

De Blasio said he was discussing the possible imposition of a curfew with Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. However, he said that no decision had been made yet, and that "there are advantages and disadvantages" to imposing a curfew.

"We have to look at [a curfew] as an option," he said.

While the mayor said the majority of protests have been peaceful, he condemned the minority which have committed violence or been involved in acts of looting during the demonstrations.

Demonstrators have attacked police in New York, throwing objects and in one case Molotov Cocktails at police vehicles. Looting occurred in several locations in New York, including lower Manhattan.

De Blasio's daughter, Chiara de Blasio was arrested for unlawful assembly during protests Saturday night. Over 250 protesters have been arrested in New York.

Thousands have taken to the streets across the US in protest against the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Derek Chauvin, the policeman videotaped pressing down on the neck of detainee George Floyd, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder, Minneapolis authorities reported over the weekend.



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