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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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Dana

Everything’s already ruined. Too late dumblasio. Our city is a mess and it’s set to “reopen” on Monday? Yea … right ….

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ASensibleMan

The cowardly and corrupt government of New York — state and city — are again proving themselves feckless incompetents. First, they were happy to crush the economy with a totally needless lockdown (we now know with 100% certainty it was a waste of time), and then conversely be hands-off against riots and looters. Absolutely incredible. It’s hard to imagine a greater failure.

The “curfew” tonight will be meaningless if not met with force, and DeBlasio and Cuomo are both useless cowards. Expect more looting.

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That is all completely false

>First, they were happy to crush the economy with a totally needless lockdown

Trump crashed the economy when he took MONTHS to act on the info he had. Turns out creating the highest unemployment rate in HISTORY is bad for the economy!

>we now know with 100% certainty it was a waste of time

You’re completely wrong. All the evidence shows it reduced deaths. I’m glad you don’t wear a mask, or your words mean nothing.

>The “curfew” tonight will be meaningless

It worked very well last night, according to actual data.

Your baseless speculation is funny too.

>then conversely be hands-off against riots and looters

You’re completely wrong. They were beaten and arrested. WOW you’re out of the loop.

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