City-to-coast city officials imposed curfews on Monday evening, hoping they would prevent another night of violent, chaotic demonstrations triggered by George Floyd’s death.
But city-wide orders weren’t enough to maintain peace between demonstrators and police in some places.
In Washington, DC, where Mayor Muriel Bowser had imposed a rare curfew after several nights of looting and vandalism, police fired tear gas outside the White House to take protesters away when President Donald Trump announced he would deploy military forces across the country if states could not do so, do not include the unrest alone.
Photos and videos It seemed to show military helicopters flying below building height, whirling debris and knocking tree branches. It was reported that the low-flying aircraft were used to disperse protesters.
A curfew began in Philadelphia, which began at 6 p.m. NBC Philadelphia reported that a group of demonstrators were not prevented from marching to the city hall. Hours earlier, a larger crowd had stopped operating elsewhere in the city, and police and state troops used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the demonstrators.
In Louisville, Kentucky, where the chief of police was released after a man was shot on Sunday and the officers did not activate their body cameras, the curfew was extended until June 8. Monday’s video showed a handful of demonstrators with their hands raised and dozens of officers with batons, helmets, and body protection on the other side of an intersection after 9:30 p.m. curfew.
In Buffalo, an SUV mowed down the authorities in tactical gear with dogs and truncheons after indicting a handful of demonstrators, a video showed and officials said.
In an interview with NBC subsidiary WGRZ, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the incident was under investigation, but added that it happened after the end of a previous demonstration and that some of the demonstrators had refused to leave.
“We can’t have people protesting in the city of Buffalo after dark,” he said. “It is not safe for the demonstrators, and it is not safe for the surrounding community.”
Brown said it appeared that two people who had been shot earlier could have been in the SUV. He didn’t say whether the SUV was driven by a demonstrator or whether a suspect was in custody.
A police spokesman said more than 200 people were arrested in the country’s most populous city, New York, and officials said they had started small fires and broken shop windows in Manhattan and the Bronx.
“There are groups of teenagers running and breaking windows as quickly as possible and the police are trying to catch them as soon as possible,” the spokesman said.
The arrests took place after 11 p.m. The curfew started on Monday evening. The measure followed four days of violent protests against police brutality, which arrested hundreds of people, including the daughter of Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the burning of police cruisers.
“The men and women of this police department will be consistent. They will be back out there to guarantee people’s right to peaceful assembly,” police commissioner Dermot Shea said Monday ahead of the expected protests. “We ask all New Yorkers to attend and make it safe.”
Looting and small fires have been reported in Union Square in Manhattan and beyond. Hours before the curfew began on Monday, de Blasio announced that another curfew would start earlier on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m., when it is still light – although he said it should only control a small percentage of the protesters who are getting out of control were .
“The city was mostly peaceful at the moment,” de Blasio told local news broadcaster NY1.
The curfews from Los Angeles to Philadelphia are in response to the death of Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, on Memorial Day.
Floyd, 46, died after a white policeman, Derek Chauvin, pushed him to the ground with one knee on Floyd’s neck. Minnesota authorities announced Monday afternoon that Floyd’s death had been officially convicted of murder by a medical examiner.
His death sparked widespread protests against racism and police abuse after Floyd’s last helpless moments were videotaped.
Public security resources are already exhausted as cities fight the coronavirus pandemic. Many are still trying to enforce the order at home.
In Minneapolis, where police have recently clashed with protesters and journalists who have reported the riots in a dramatic manner, there seemed to be calm across the city on Monday evening. Hundreds of people gathered at a memorial where Floyd was killed. A citywide curfew should begin at 10 p.m.
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In Sacramento, California, according to The Sacramento Bee, about 130 companies were damaged with windows and doors on Monday morning, and 300 buildings were graffiti painted.
City officials who expected further problems on Monday evening imposed a curfew from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. and said the city deployed 500 National Guard members on Monday evening to protect critical infrastructure.
Ali Gostanian contributed.