HAPPENING NOW: Stand off. Protestors walked Manhattan Bridge – now facing off with police blocking their entry into Manhattan. There are hundreds of officers here. So far no movement. @ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/GGbRHuxZJF
— Mike Marza (@mikemarzaABC7) June 3, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd remained on New York City streets on Tuesday after an 8 p.m. curfew put in place by officials struggling to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation’s biggest city was reeling out of control night after night.
Mayor Bill de Blasio had doubled down on a citywide curfew, moving it up from 11 p.m. a night earlier, but rejected urging from President Donald Trump and an offer from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bring in the National Guard.
Protests had resumed Tuesday during the day over the death of Floyd, a black man who died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.
People marched in groups of thousands in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, as merchants boarded up their businesses. As the the curfew time arrived, many were still in the streets and continued marching, with officers initially standing by and allowing them.
But officers started ordering people to move along, and began taking people into custody. Demonstrators who had been on the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan were herded off, with parts of the roadway blocked off behind them.
“Something has to break, and it’s not going to be us,” said Evan Kutcher, one of hundreds of demonstrators who stood outside the Barclays Center chanting Floyd’s name Tuesday evening. “We’re here because something needs to change.
This crowd is in the thousands of people, all marching south on 10th Avenue into Hell’s Kitchen more than an hour into curfew. Local residents are leaning out their apartment windows banging pots and pans in support of the marchers. #nycprotests pic.twitter.com/u6iwn8C2eg
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) June 3, 2020