On Monday, June 1st, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio put a city-wide, 11pm curfew in place, which was lifted at 5am on Tuesday morning. As the curfew did not seem to slow down the citywide looting which has been taking place, it has been announced that a new curfew – from 8pm to 5am – will be in place through Sunday.
While many have been peaceful, like those on the UWS, certain areas have seen looting, vandalism and arson. The Governor and Mayor have also announced that they will be doubling the police presence in areas which have seen the greatest amount of property damage.
“I stand behind the protestors and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment,” Governor Cuomo said. “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. Tonight the Mayor and I are implementing a citywide curfew starting at 11pm and doubling the NYPD presence across the city. “