NYC Police Enforce Curfew, Arrest Dozens of ‘Peaceful’ Protesters

The New York Police have arrested dozens of people who defied New York City’s 8 p.m. curfew.

According to the New York Post, thousands of protesters in at least three different NYC boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx—continued to protest police brutality after the evening deadline. Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD Chief of Department had previously issued vague warnings to demonstrators about breaking curfew.

Video shows officers detaining protesters with zip ties and hauling them into vans just minutes after 8 p.m. in one location. Elsewhere, around 200 protesters were followed by cops until 8:10, when police made another dozen or so arrests.

“It was a peaceful protest,” one marcher told The Post. “Then, all of a sudden, ‘Boom.’ They came from all sides. They kettled us. There was no warning. There was no, ‘There’s a curfew. It’s time go home home.”

NYC is one of many U.S. cities that has erupted in protest and unrest following the unlawful death of George Floyd, a black man who died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held him on the ground, knee to his neck, for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Chauvin has since been charged second-degree manslaughter. Two experts performed autopsies that concluded Floyd’s death was a homicide, according to CNN.

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