Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have imposed a curfew on New York City from 11 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
“In New York City, I spoke with the mayor — there’s going to be a curfew in New York City that we think could be helpful,” Cuomo said during a radio interview Monday afternoon. “More importantly, there is going to be an increase in the force.”
“There were about 4,000 officers on duty last night. There’ll be double that tonight, about 8,000," he added.
In a joint statement released by Cuomo and de Blasio, the two advised New Yorkers planning to participate in protests to "take proper health precautions and wear face coverings while we continue to fight the COVID-19 virus."
"I stand behind the protestors and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment," Cuomo said in the statement. "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," he added. Tonight the mayor and I are implementing a citywide curfew starting at 11 p.m. and doubling the NYPD presence across the city."
In his own statement, de Blasio said the curfew was meant "to protect against violence and property damage."
"I support and protect peaceful protest in this city. The demonstrations we've seen have been generally peaceful. We can't let violence undermine the message of this moment. It is too important and the message must be heard," he said.
"(NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea) and I have spoken at length about the incidents we've all seen in recent days where officers didn't uphold the values of this city or the NYPD," he added. "We agree on the need for swift action. He will speak later today on how officers will be held accountable."