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New York City Curfew Set to 8 p.m., Follows Looting

A smashed library screen at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn (Rhododendrites / CC BY-SA)

June 2, 2020 By Allie Griffin

New York City will have another curfew tonight — but three hours earlier than Monday’s after looters smashed store windows and stole pricey items for a second day in a row.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last night that New Yorkers must be off city streets by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

“I’ve spoken with [NYPD] Commissioner Shea and we’ve decided there should be a curfew again … and we want to extend that curfew beginning at 8:00 PM,” de Blasio said.

Organized groups of looters used crowbars and other items to smash windows of storefronts along 5th Avenue following a peaceful protest against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white Minneapolis officer.

The looters broke into Best Buy, Nike, Aldo Microsoft, Michael Kors and Nintendo stores in Rockefeller Center before Monday’s 11 p.m. curfew, according to the New York Post.

The night earlier, people tore down boards and smashed the glass of high-end stores, like Chanel, in Soho — which prompted yesterday’s original curfew.

The chaos that repeated last night is what prompted the mayor to make tonight’s curfew earlier — and before dark.

“The idea of going to 8:00 PM is it’s still light out,” de Blasio told NY1. “And that’s really what we saw this evening and last night, is when it got dark is when people attempted to do this kind of activity.”

Police officers will also be working 12-hour shifts to keep the NYPD presence high.

“We just will not accept this kind of criminal activity in New York City,” de Blasio said.

Essential workers, members of the media and people in need of emergency medical help are exempt from the curfew.

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When city and state politicians create an environment catering to criminals you will have looting and riots, innocent civilians can’t defend themselves getting hurt. Police can’t enforce the law. Oh how the law abiding rioters are listening to the curfews, yep all under shelter in place orders while businesses and homes are destroyed. Left liberal NY politicians are concerned more about the lawless than the law abiding citizens, we listened to your curfew, we closed our businesses, we pay taxes and this what we get. Governor refusing to send in the National Guards to protect us, letting rioters run wild.

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Paul Kersey

As long as no looters are hurt during tonight’s clearance sale, everything will be fine. Mets tickets for everyone!

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Mr. Yes

Inept Democrats running all these blue cities. Let Trump step in and clean it up already.

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Agreed, Trump waited MONTHS to respond to the pandemic

He cost 100k American lives and counting, including lots of New Yorkers.
Like you said: this is his fault, and he should clean it up.

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Anonymous

No, it’s all China’s fault. The more Trump bashes and blames China for all our problems, the quicker our problems will magically be solved…NOT!!!!! Instead of wasting time and resources ranting about a country 6,000 miles away, do something to help Americans.

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