Violence and looting continued in New York City overnight despite the implementation of an 11:00 p.m. curfew.
The Bronx, a majority-minority borough, saw widespread violence, with fires, looting and NYPD officers being attacked. Videos recorded by people on the ground were posted all over social media.
This is the current scene on Fordham Road tonight. We are asking you to send out prayers for the safety of the entire Fordham Road community.
— Barstool Fordham (@FordhamStool) June 2, 2020
Cell phone video that has gone viral showed a sergeant struck at the intersection of Walton Avenue and East 170th Street in Tremont.
This looks like murder. A police officer was just run over by a speeding car in the Bronx. pic.twitter.com/fkrxzMEetx
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 2, 2020
In a separate incident in The Bronx, an officer was assaulted in front of a store on East Fordham Road and East Tiebout Avenue. The attack was caught on camera, with the video posted on the Sergeants Benevolent Association’s Twitter account.
NYPD Cop attacked in the Bronx. I guess the critics will now say he overreacted. NYPD Cops defend yourselves, you are alone! pic.twitter.com/424w5bZbC6
— SBA (@SBANYPD) June 2, 2020
Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. released a statement on Twitter overnight in response to the violence.
“This is not who we are, we are better than this! This is not how we seek justice! What we saw on Fordham Rd. only detracts from our message of racial justice & our calls for police reform,” said Diaz, Jr. “Such actions are not consistent with keeping the memory & legacy of those we fight for alive.”
This is not who we are, we are better than this! This is not how we seek justice! What we saw on Fordham Rd only detracts from our message of racial justice & our calls for police reform. Such actions are not consistent with keeping the memory & legacy of those we fight for alive pic.twitter.com/q5m21xfCbe
— Ruben Diaz Jr. (@rubendiazjr) June 2, 2020
Meanwhile, Manhattan, Midtown especially, was ravaged by looting overnight, which included Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square.
Hard to describe how rampant the looting was tonight in Midtown Manhattan and how lawless it was. Complete anarchy. Literally hundreds of stores up and down Broadway, Fifth Ave, Sixth Ave. Kids ruling the streets like it was a party. pic.twitter.com/y9Ly1UD1WX
— Rachel Olding (@rachelolding) June 2, 2020
Breaking: An organized group of rioters have looted the Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan. The store is among the largest department stores in the country and is a National Historic Landmark. After breaking in, rioters set a fire outside the store. pic.twitter.com/Dgbgnhudr7
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) June 2, 2020
While the NYPD failed to contain the rioters, they were efficient earlier in the day in escorting Orthodox Jews out of a Brooklyn park.
Found the nypd. They were dealing with the menace that is Jewish kids and their mothers. https://t.co/P2qyJnI9Mb
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) June 2, 2020
Over the weekend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) daughter, Chiara, was arrested for participating in one of the riots.
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio’s daughter, Chiara de Blasio, was arrested at a violent riot in Manhattan on Saturday night where cars were set ablaze. pic.twitter.com/KUijPsKCnN
— Michael James Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) June 1, 2020
The Mayor commented on a peaceful protest in Brooklyn but didn’t offer any remarks on the chaos in other parts of the city overnight.
Just left Barclays Center. Situation there pretty calm. Now going back to Midtown. Protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful today + cops respected their right to speak out. But some people tonight had nothing to do with the cause + stole + damaged instead. That we won’t allow.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 2, 2020
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) took to Twitter to call out the current officeholder.
“Mayor de Blasio needs to step down,” Giuliani wrote. “He is incompetent. We are losing a tremendous amount of property. We are seeing people damaged and hurt. Pretty soon, we’re going to lose lives if this man doesn’t get out of the way and let someone activate the police department!”
Mayor de Blasio needs to step down. He is incompetent. We are losing a tremendous amount of property. We are seeing people damaged and hurt.
Pretty soon, we’re going to lose lives if this man doesn’t get out of the way and let someone activate the police department!
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) June 2, 2020
The people of New York City have one demand: “De Blasio resign!”pic.twitter.com/Bly4MivoCN
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 3, 2020
Before addressing the nation Monday night, President Donald Trump told the nation’s governors that they need to take control of their states, particularly their major cities.
“You have to arrest people and you have to try people. And they have to go to jail for long periods of time,” Pres. Trump said.
NYPD tells Fox News – they have made approximately 500 arrests for burglary, citywide, with approximately 400 of them in Manhattan. NYPD says numbers will go up as more arrests are processed.
Almost all arrested will be released without bail due to the city’s bail reform laws.
— Bryan Llenas (@BryanLlenas) June 2, 2020
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