NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed off stage after taking the podium at a George Floyd memorial in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday.
Protesters at the event, hosted by Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, shouted and turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke in Cadman Plaza in front of thousands.
The mayor was introduced by his wife, Chirlane McCray, and was immediately met with chants of “de Blasio go home,” according to WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
Some screamed expletives at de Blasio and demanded he be taken off the stage.
“Thank you, thank you for being here for change,” the mayor told the crowd over the shouting.
“For all of us who know white privilege, we need to do more because we don’t even fully recognize the daily pain that the racism in this society causes,” the mayor said.
Demonstrators continued to shout and told the mayor to “resign” while using profanity to denounce the city’s 8 p.m. curfew.
Many protesters, including Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, blamed the mayor’s curfew for peaceful protests turning violent in Brooklyn Wednesday night.
Police used batons and penned in some marchers around 9 p.m., escalating the situation as they attempted to disperse the crowd after the curfew.