Protests continue across the nation; Laura Ingle reports.
New York City authorities are bracing for another night of protests, bolstering their presence and enforcing an even earlier curfew Tuesday night than the one implemented Monday.
“Each day, our officers leave their own families and homes to protect yours, while being shot at, having Molotov cocktails thrown into their vehicles and getting intentionally struck by cars,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted Tuesday. “They put their very lives on the line to fulfill the oath they took to ensure public safety.”
He was referring to an incident in which protesters allegedly hurled a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD vehicle. Other incidents over the past few days have involved officers being struck by hit-and-run drivers and being pelted with objects ranging from water bottles to bricks.
“I’ve got to be honest. I can’t take it. It’s so, so bad,” said Pat Brosnan, a former NYPD detective, speaking with Ed Henry on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday.
A video shared on the Sergeants Benevolent Association’s (SBA’s) official Twitter account showed an NYPD officer being beaten by a group of men in the Bronx as onlookers shout profanities.
In an effort to slow the violence, authorities are moving city’s curfew to 8 p.m. and warning residents that only buses, delivery trucks and the vehicles of essential workers will be allowed south of 96th Street after that time.
Critics of the city’s handling of the protests, which have at times devolved into looting, rioting and attacks on police officers, have excoriated Mayor Bill de Blasio as city officials and police try to restore the peace.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, called de Blasio’s response to the crisis a “disgrace” on Tuesday, after police said they arrested about 700 protesters overnight following the first curfew in decades, which began at 11 p.m.
He also said that de Blasio had refused assistance from the New York National Guard.
President Trump, addressing the protests, wrote on Twitter that New York City “was ripped to pieces.”
Protesters were already out in force early Tuesday evening, marching and chanting slogans ranging from “Hands up, don’t shoot” to anti-police slurs, with no signs of slowing down.