Mayor Bill de Blasio lifted the NYC curfew on Sunday morning, a day earlier than expected.
Lifting of the NYC curfew and further reforms
The 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is going to expire Monday morning.
However, the mayor tweeted Sunday that it would end, effective immediately, after several nights of mostly peaceful protests.
De Balasio tweeted that the NYC curfew was lifting and was effective immediately. They are taking the first step to restart. Additionally, he advised people to keep safe and to look out for each other.
5 days in row there were no significant damages and the protests were peaceful.
He thanked everyone who expressed their views peacefully and who worked for change in the city. Moreover, he stated that each day the situation was better with fewer arrests.
From Monday, it is the start of phase 1, the restart of the city and its economy.
After the lifting of the NYC curfew, people should be focused on battling the COVID-19 which still has not been eradicated.
He said that he would form a task force of city government leaders, task force on racial equity and inclusion. The next 18 months are crucial. The New York city authorities have much in plan for reforms.
Protests and police brutality
Furthermore, massive protests against police brutality nationwide capped a week that began in chaos. However, it ended with largely peaceful gatherings that organizers hope will sustain their movement.
In New York City, thousands took to the streets and parks Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd and police brutality.
The NYPD took a more hands-off approach to the curfew, which had been a source of tension between officers and demonstrators since it was imposed on Monday.
They did not use more militarized tactics which do not have any place in New York City. De Balasio is pleased that the National Guard did not come to the streets.
In addition, thousands of people crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into lower Manhattan, where other groups numbering in the hundreds to thousands marched or gathered.
De Blasio is saying that only four arrests and 24 summonses are during the day.
Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25 has galvanized the expanding movement calling for racial equality and police reform.