The killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by Minneapolis police officers on May 25 has roused protests and demonstrations across the country, inspiring people to take to the streets in major cities such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.
However, Blasio later said the curfew across the city would be extended through the week. "If we are going to enforce an 8:00 p.m. curfew tonight, then the National Guard must be deployed to assist with that and that alone".
Police said almost 700 people were arrested and several officers injured in the overnight violence. "We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home".
People were seen breaking into high-end stores around Manhattan's Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue, home to nearly all luxury and high-end brands from around the world, and running way with merchandise from the shops.
The famous Macy's department store, Michael Kors on Fifth Avenue, along with Nike, Lego and electronics shops were among upmarket shops to be looted.
De Blasio said that many protestors rejected people in the protest who were destroying property or attacking law enforcement officers. There were reports of fires and looting in the Bronx and Manhattan, and retailers such as Macy's in Herald Square and Chanel were targeted by robbers. "The police must stop looting and criminal activity".
Cities struggled to keep police in line and avoid instances of excessive force.
For the third day in a row, protests across New York City were largely peaceful during the daylight hours Sunday but turned violent at night. "What happened in New York City was inexcusable".
"Hundreds of looters and rioters here with absolutely no concerns about cops being here", Olding said of the scene.
As the deadline to get off the streets approached on Monday, bands of protesters marched through Manhattan and Brooklyn, and police simultaneously responded to numerous reports of roving groups of people smashing their way into shops and emptying them of merchandise. "I see my own privilege and can only understand so much".
"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", Cuomo said Monday. The president is not rushing to use the Insurrection Act to send in the military, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. That's what they did.
During his first mayoral campaign De Blasio and his family represented an imagery of the American family which has long existed, but rarely made its way into the public's eye on a political platform.
"People are doing this so next time, before they think about trying to kill another black person, they're going to be like, 'Damn, we don't want them out here doing this ... again, '" New York City resident Sean Jones said as he watched the destruction. It is too important and the message must be heard. The arrest information was followed by a statement, "How can the NYPD protect the city of NY from rioting anarchist when the Mayors object throwing daughter is one of them".
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