NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio will impose a curfew on New York City Monday that will run from 2 p.m. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., when protests over the murder of George Floyd lead to increased destruction through the five boroughs.
The closure is designed to counteract property damage and looting, which both men said has occurred mainly at night as opposed to otherwise peaceful protests during the days and evenings. New York joins other cities from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles that have already imposed curfew in the wake of widespread unrest.
“I stand behind the protesters and their message, but unfortunately there are people who want to take advantage of and discredit this moment for their own personal gain,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The violence and looting that has been going on in New York City has been bad for the city, the state and this whole national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous thing.”
While the mayor recently questioned the effectiveness of the curfew, earlier in the day, both officials had left the opportunity open after burglaries and thefts.
“There are pros and cons, to say the least, to impose a curfew,” de Blasio said at a morning press conference. “Earlier nights, I think, were different from what we saw last night.”
The mayor and police chief Dermot Shea have said that forces outside the city have come up with an agenda for violence and property damage that was shown on Sunday night. And as part of the curfew, the NYPD will increase patrols. According to Cuomo, there will be about 8,000 officers deployed on Monday, almost twice as many as previous nights.
“We will have a strong number of officers in both clothing and uniform out there tonight,” de Blasio said during a morning press conference. “Whoever comes to, whether it is one of the outer boroughs or to Manhattan, with the intention of taking advantage of people during this very difficult time, we will make sure we do everything that you are fully charged with in the law.”
People after 11 will be asked to go home and if they do not follow will get a mood, the City Hall said. The exit curfew is considered a Class B fraud and enforcement will be focused on areas that have seen the biggest protests. Essential workers will be exempted.
Cuomo said during a radio appearance that he and the mayor would consider extending the order Tuesday.