Following two nights of looting and clashes between police and protesters, New York City will impose a curfew beginning at 11 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the decision on Monday afternoon during an interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.
“I spoke with the mayor, there’s going to be a curfew in New York City that we think could be helpful,” Cuomo said.
The governor added that the number of NYPD officers would be doubled, from 4,000 to 8,000. Earlier in the day, the NYPD confirmed a New York Post report that all police officers would begin working 12-hour shifts this week.
Cuomo has been critical of the events over the last two nights of demonstrations against police violence and the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, a black man. In Soho, residents and building owners woke up to shattered glass, bare mannequins, and other debris after stores were broken into and looted. Disturbing video also surfaced throughout the night, of police officers chasing protesters and one officer brandishing what appeared to be a gun on an open street in Lower Manhattan.
“Something needs to be done,” Cuomo said during his press conference. “Last night was not acceptable.”
In a joint release, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has stressed that most of the protesters have been peaceful, said, “I support and protect peaceful protest in this city. The demonstrations we’ve seen have been generally peaceful. We can’t let violence undermine the message of this moment. It is too important and the message must be heard.”