“NYPD cops enforce curfew and make dozens of arrests at protests across NYC”
June 4, 2020 | 10:02pm | Updated June 4, 2020 | 11:00pm
Thousands of protesters had continued to march in defiance of the deadline, including in Upper Manhattan, in the Bronx and in Brooklyn, on the eighth day of citywide demonstrations against police brutality.
An approximately 100-person demonstration in the Bronx organized by activist group DecolonizeThisPlace, devolved into chaos when NYPD cops, some in riot gear, blocked off the march near East 136th Street and Brook Avenue.
The cops stormed in to make arrests just minutes after 8 p.m. They were seen pulling individual protesters out of the melee, placing them in zip ties and taking them into vans, as a recording about the curfew played.
Meanwhile, roughly 200 protesters were followed by cops as they went north at Central Park West and ran into another line of police at around 108th Street.
At around 8:10 p.m., cops moved in to arrest about a dozen people.
“It was a peaceful protest,” one marcher told The Post. “Then, all of a sudden, ‘Boom.’ They came from all sides. They kettled us. There was no warning. There was no, ‘There’s a curfew. It’s time go home home.”
The 23-year-old, who declined to give his name, said some of the protesters fled into Central Park.
On the Upper East Side, TV-footage showed at least a dozen people being placed in handcuffs and taken into police vans for being out past deadline.
Another group of 10 people was spotted at 66th Street and Madison Avenue, sitting on the curb with their hands tied behind their backs, video showed.
In Williamsburg, police waited until around 9 p.m. to suddenly move in on a crowd that had been walled off at Whythe and Penn streets, according to footage from reporters.
But a mass of protesters that had begun their march at Barclays Center earlier in the evening were still making their way through Downtown Brooklyn at around 9:15 p.m.
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan on Wednesday had warned that there would be “no more tolerance” for curfew-breaking.
Echoing Monahan, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday declared that “enough is enough” when it comes to protesters demonstrating past the time limit.
“In the context of crisis, in the context of curfew, there comes a point where enough is enough,” de Blasio said during his daily City Hall press briefing.
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