Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced an overnight curfew in New York City will be instituted Monday night and more than 8,000 NYPD officers will be on city streets as officials look to stem the violent protests. Cuomo, in a joint statement with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, said the curfew would begin at 11 p.m. and stretch until 5 a.m.
“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 a news release. “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. Tonight the Mayor and I are implementing a citywide curfew starting at 11 PM and doubling the NYPD presence across the city.”