'Not stopping': Defiant NYC protesters march through curfew

  • Police arrest protesters refusing to get off the streets during an imposed curfew while marching in a solidarity rally calling for justice regarding the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.

    Police arrest protesters refusing to get off the streets during an imposed curfew while marching in a solidarity rally calling for justice regarding the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Associated Press

  • Police arrest protesters who declined to get off the streets during a curfew Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, at a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

    Police arrest protesters who declined to get off the streets during a curfew Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, at a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Associated Press

  • Police look for people who did not get off the street after the start of curfew Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers May 25.

    Police look for people who did not get off the street after the start of curfew Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers May 25. Associated Press

  • Police cycle in to arrest protesters refusing to get off the streets during an imposed curfew while marching in a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.

    Police cycle in to arrest protesters refusing to get off the streets during an imposed curfew while marching in a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Associated Press

  • Demonstrators are seen in silhouette during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge as part of a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd Monday, June 1, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.

    Demonstrators are seen in silhouette during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge as part of a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd Monday, June 1, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Associated Press

  • Police line the streets of lower Manhattan during an imposed curfew near where protesters were arrested for refusing to leave during a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.

    Police line the streets of lower Manhattan during an imposed curfew near where protesters were arrested for refusing to leave during a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Associated Press

  • Police arrest a group of people after curfew in New York, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. New York City extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation's biggest city was reeling out of control night by night.

    Police arrest a group of people after curfew in New York, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. New York City extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation's biggest city was reeling out of control night by night. Associated Press

  • Police block protesters from exiting the Manhattan Bridge in New York, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. New York City extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation's biggest city was reeling out of control night by night.

    Police block protesters from exiting the Manhattan Bridge in New York, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. New York City extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation's biggest city was reeling out of control night by night. Associated Press

  • Protesters kneel in Times Square in New York, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. New York City extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation's biggest city was reeling out of control night-by-night.

    Protesters kneel in Times Square in New York, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. New York City extended an 8 p.m. curfew all week as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation's biggest city was reeling out of control night-by-night. Associated Press

 
 
Posted6/3/2020 7:00 AM

NEW YORK -- An 8 p.m. curfew didn't stop thousands of defiant demonstrators from marching through the streets of New York City throughout the night Tuesday, though some of the rampant destruction seen over the past few nights was quelled.

The citywide curfew, which is in place through Sunday, was instated to prevent the widespread damage and destruction that has filled the city's streets over the last two nights after largely peaceful dayside protests.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled down on the citywide curfew, but rejected urging from President Donald Trump and an offer from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bring in the National Guard.

'Everyone, time to go home so we can keep people safe,' he said on WINS-AM radio shortly after the curfew took effect.

But demonstrators continued winding through the streets, as part of ongoing nationwide protests following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died last week after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on Floyd's neck even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.

'I'm surprised,' said Risha Munoz, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where at points they were greeted with cheers and horns by onlookers in building windows. 'I didn't think they were gonna let us go on, but we just kept on moving and we're not stopping.'

'Something has to break, and it's not going to be us,' said Evan Kutcher, one of hundreds of demonstrators who stood outside the Barclays Center chanting Floyd's name Tuesday evening.

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Police began making arrests around 9 p.m. and shut down parts of the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan, blocking it off to huge crowds of protesters. The police department announced it would not allow vehicle traffic south of 96th Street in Manhattan after curfew, though residents, essential workers, buses and truck deliveries were exempt.

'We're going to have a tough few days. We're going to beat it back,' de Blasio, a Democrat, said.

Jane Rossi said she witnessed officers rip a man out of his car and arrest him in Chelsea around 10:45 p.m.

The car was behind a group of several hundred protesters that had roamed Manhattan peacefully since leaving Trump Tower at 8 p.m. Tensions had risen moments earlier when some in the group began trying to damage a bike rental station and banged on the windows of a JCPenny's. The vast majority of the crowd moved to stop the them. Officers surrounded the car and arrested the driver moments later.

'They were just driving behind the protesters making sure that we were safe,' Rossi said. 'They were part of the protest.'

NYPD officers forced two Associated Press journalists to stop covering the protests Tuesday night, surrounding them, shoving them and cursing at them while yelling at them to go home. This, despite an order allowing media to remain on city streets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Portions of the incident were captured on camera by videojournalist Robert Bumsted, who was working with photographer Maye-E Wong to document the protests in Manhattan. The video shows more than a half dozen officers confronting the journalists as they filmed and photographed police ordering protesters to go home shortly after the curfew took effect.

Just after midnight Wednesday, most of the city's streets were cleared aside from police patrolling, especially in hot-spot areas for demonstrations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

There was a heavy police presence in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, where authorities say police fatally shot a man after responding to reports of shots fired. NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said the officer-involved shooting was not connected to the protests.

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Contributing were Associated Press writers Michael R. Sisak, Jim Mustian, Jennifer Peltz, Tom Hays and Karen Matthews in New York. Michael Hill and Marina Villeneuve reported from Albany.

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