NYC mayor says curfew has been lifted after night of peaceful protests
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Twitter Sunday morning that the curfew in New York City has been lifted.
His tweet read in part, "New York City: We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately. Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city."
The citywide curfew put in place last week had been expected to remain in effect at least through Sunday. It marked the first time a curfew had been enacted in New York City in decades.
The curfew had been put in place after reports of looting and violence that took place amid protests surrounding the death of George Floyd.
The mayor originally had the curfew start at 11 p.m., but he moved it up to 8 p.m. nightly following a slew of break-ins, violence, robberies and destruction of property.
Fordham in the Bronx is just one of the neighborhoods that had massive damage to stores on Monday even with the curfew in place.
The lift of the curfew comes after pushback from elected officials like New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
The New York Immigration Coalition says the lift also comes after a lawsuit was filed. The organization tweeted asking if it required a lawsuit for de Blasio to "do the right thing."
The curfew lift comes just a day before New York City enters Phase 1 of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The mayor is urging New York resident to keep safe and look out for each other.
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