Some protesters linger and looting appears to lessen with an earlier curfew.
For a second straight night, a citywide curfew took effect in New York on Tuesday, this time at 8 p.m., as officials tried again to curb the violent clashes, looting and other destructive acts that have marred the mostly peaceful protests that have filled the streets for nearly a week.
As happened on Monday, when much of the worst damage was done before an 11 p.m. curfew took effect, groups of people still lingered outside when the cutoff came.
In the hours after Tuesday’s curfew took effect, hundreds of people continued to walk peacefully in large groups through Brooklyn and Manhattan, chanting protest slogans and urging change as they had for nearly a week in demonstrations touched off by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“As long as it takes, I’m going to do it,” Sam Fitzgerald, 35, of Brooklyn, said of protesting. “It’s a revolution, baby.”
For the first hour after the curfew had passed, the police did not appear to be dispersing nor arresting the remaining protesters, at least not in large numbers. But many of those who were still marching were trailed closely by clusters of officers. Others encountered squad cars or barricades that diverted them from crossing bridges between boroughs or flooding commercial corridors.
On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, cross streets were blocked to keep demonstrators flowing uptown. Both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges were blocked to keep large numbers of protesters from crossing the East River into Manhattan. At least one group appeared to have sidestepped a barricade to continue its march from Brooklyn but was not stopped before they could complete the trek.
As the night continued, some officers appeared to become more aggressive as they sought to disperseprotesters.
On the Upper West Side, officers charged into a group that was peacefully protesting at around 9:30 p.m., according to New York Times reporters at the scene. The officers tackled a person with press credentials and made several arrests, and the crowd scattered.
Two hours after the restriction took effect, it was unclear exactly how effective it would be in stopping the kind of looting and vandalism that erupted on Monday across Midtown Manhattan and in the Bronx.
There were scattered break-ins. In one, the windows at a Gap store in Greenwich Village were smashed, with shattered glass and mannequins strewn on the street. Police arrived on the scene in a few minutes. Looters also hit Zara and Verizon stores in Lower Manhattan.
Still, by the time 8 p.m. arrived, there did not appear to be rampant reports of stores being broken into as there had been on Monday, when, the police said, there were some 700 arrests.
The latest round of rallies unfolded only hours after a rash of looting erupted through much of Midtown Manhattan, wrecking small shops and huge stores alike. In addition to casting a shadow over the protests, the destruction led Mayor Bill de Blasio to acknowledge that the curfew meant to halt it had failed, and to move Tuesday’s version up by three hours.