NEW YORK (77 WABC) – “It’s time to go home”.
Mayor de Blasio provided a late address on Saturday night in Brooklyn after a day of protests began to grow violent as the night went on. The Mayor spoke shortly after 11:30 urging the remaining protestors to return home.
“It’s clear that a different element has come into play here,” said de Blasio as he discussed the day that began with what he called “peaceful” protests in response to the death of George Floyd.
“If you’re out there to commit an act of violence you’re going to get arrested tonight,” said de Blasio.
One of the questions that was raised to the Mayor was a video that showed an NYPD vehicle running into a group of protestors. While he did say that this was a “troubling video” he did point out that the NYPD vehicle was being surrounded and attacked by a large group and had to get out there.
This was the third straight night that New York City saw protests since Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and NYPD officers have become a target.
You can watch Mayor de Blasio’s full update below.
I’m in Brooklyn to talk about tonight’s protests. https://t.co/oBVXGh7JWo
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 31, 2020