New York Mayor Bill de Blasio extended a citywide curfew to a second night after more looting erupted in midtown Manhattan.
The original curfew was imposed from 11 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. after weekend protests of the death of George Floyd led to violence in the most populous U.S. city.
The police department sent 8,000 officers into the streets, doubling its presence in areas where there was violent property damage, according to a joint statement from de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing the initial curfew. But the looting continued, so the mayor late Monday announced an extension of the restrictions, from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m.
Violence by protesters “obscures the righteousness of the message,” Cuomo said earlier Monday at a press briefing. “It plays into the hands of people and forces who don’t want to make changes.”