NEW YORK (77 WABC) — New York City is taking the rare step of declaring an overnight curfew, in an effort to loosen the grip of violence as protesting the death of George Floyd turned into rioting.
Moments before the curfew, retired NYPD detective Steven Gates told WABCRadio.com he’s worried about what it means for everyone from civilians to cops.
“Part of me wants to say, ‘Keep it in Minneapolis… What does it have to do with New York? But it’s 40-something cities now. It’s here. It’s happening… keep people from getting hurt.”
The week-long protests started after the now-infamous video showed Floyd essentially killed by a Minneapolis cop after more than eight minutes of his knee pressed against the neck.
Derek Chauvin was swiftly fired and by week’s end charged with murder and manslaughter. But a large part of the peaceful protests have been seeking justice for the other three officers seen in the video.
“They should have stopped him. They should have stopped the cop from using his knee. They definitely would be right in firing them,” Gates said. “…I don’t think they have enough to charge them just yet.”
But Gates understands the people’s outrage will likely win the day.
“It’s a gray area. We have to prove intent, for murder anyway. For manslaughter, it’s a different animal. They could probably charge easier with manslaughter.”
He thinks, given that this is such a high-profile case, the district attorney is taking painstaking measures so it “doesn’t get thrown out.”
Otherwise, Gates contends, “This may never end.”