UPDATED: Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Monday there will be a curfew in New York City from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Earlier in the day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said his administration was weighing the possibility of a citywide curfew after protests raged across the country over the death of George Floyd. Over the past few days, cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Philadelphia have instated early curfews to curb the nightly looting and destruction.
Though de Blasio initially said during his daily press briefing that he didn’t see a curfew as a reasonable strategy, he agreed to revisit the idea with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Now, they mutually decided on a curfew for Monday night.
“I stand behind the protestors and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment,” Cuomo wrote on Twitter. “The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous cause. While we encourage people to protest peacefully and make their voices heard, the safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised. Tonight the Mayor and I are implementing a citywide curfew starting at 11pm and doubling the NYPD presence across the city.”
There will be a citywide curfew in NYC starting at 11pm TONIGHT (6/1), lasting until 5am.
NYC residents — you must stay home after 11 PM! pic.twitter.com/gZXBvPOmOp
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 1, 2020
Earlier in the day, de Blasio also addressed the arrest of his daughter, Chiara de Blasio, who was taken into custody and later released Saturday night in Manhattan for “unlawful assembly.”
He said he didn’t acknowledge it earlier because he hadn’t heard about it until his office received a press inquiry the next day. In the press briefing, he stood by his daughter, saying that she was peacefully protesting and following police orders.
“She recounted the story in detail to me. She was acting peacefully,” de Blasio said. “She believes that everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful, respectful protest. I admire that she was out there trying to change something that she thought was unjust and doing it in a peaceful manner.”
He continued, “I respect my daughter, I honor her, and I know her heart. I know she appreciates humanity, every kind of humanity. She appreciates the fact that people serve us, she appreciates the fact that we need to change this world. And she in her own way has tried to do something about it.”