New York Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed with Governor Andrew Cuomo to implement a curfew on Monday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
In the face of the unrest, the Mayor and Governor of New York announced in a statement that the police will double their presence on the streets to help prevent violence, damage and looting.
About a thousand protesters protested peacefully Monday afternoon in Times Square, applauding and shouting “George Floyd, George Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter” in front of policemen wearing riot uniforms.
“The demonstrations that we have seen have been generally peaceful. We cannot let violence undermine the message of this moment. It is too important and the message must be heard,” said the mayor.
De Blasio is married to an Afro-descendant woman and his daughter Chiara, 25, participated in a protest over Floyd’s death on Saturday and was detained by police, who released her the same day. The mayor told reporters that he was ‘proud’ of her.
Mayor de Blasio said he spoke to police chief Dermot Shea about incidents of oppression and excessive violence against protesters. For example, a police van was filmed as it launched into a group of protesters, and the case is under investigation. “We agree on the need for rapid action,” he said
At least two people have died in Iowa and one more in Kentucky during the sixth night of racial unrest in the United States, where more than 40 cities were under curfew.
Davenport (Iowa) Police Chief Paul Sikorski has said that authorities received reports last night of a disturbance at the North Park shopping centre involving hundreds of vehicles and ‘vandals’.
Sikorski has pointed out that before dawn on Monday, the Police responded to dozens of incidents in the city in which there were gunshots, adding that there were four wounded.
Two people have died in different parts of the city and authorities are investigating cases such as homicides, the official added.
In Kentucky, police are investigating the death of a person during a shooting on Sunday as police officers and National Guard officers dispersed a crowd from a parking lot during protests for the death of George Floyd, as announced on Monday by the state governor, Andy Beshear.
Local Police Chief Steve Conrad has stated that “officers and soldiers started cleaning the parking lot and at one point someone shot at them. Both members of the Police and the National Guard returned fire and one person was killed. According to Conrad, several people are being questioned and videos of the scene are being analysed.
Protests over Floyd’s death have merged with demands for justice in Kentucky over the March death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who was shot by Louisville police officers in her apartment while they were carrying out a warrantless raid during a drug investigation.
Several law enforcement officers were shot Monday night and Tuesday morning as protests continued across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Four officers in St. Louis were hit with gunfire during overnight protests, and an officer shot in Las Vegas was in critical condition Tuesday morning, officials said.
Two New York law enforcement officers were in stable condition after being struck by a vehicle during a Monday night protest, authorities said. The officers – one from the Buffalo Police Department, the other from New York State Police – were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Video of the incident shows a vehicle barreling through officers, accelerating through an intersection after several officers apparently tackled a person on the street and handcuffed him.
In addition to the numerous deaths that have occurred, at least 4,400 people have been arrested for such offenses as stealing, blocking highways and breaking curfew, according to a count compiled by The Associated Press.
However, in some places, police tried to calm tensions by kneeling in solidarity with demonstrators. LINK According to CNN’s count, a total of 26 states, more than half of the total of the United States, have mobilized the National Guard to suppress protests and riots against racial discrimination by the police.
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