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De Blasio mulling curfew in New York City

De Blasio mulling curfew in New York City
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioCitigroup executive to run for NYC mayor: report Treasury withheld nearly M from FDNY 9/11 health program New York theaters display banners urging governor to reopen cinemas MORE (D) said Monday he is considering putting a curfew in place for the city after some peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent at night.

De Blasio said he was discussing the idea of a curfew with Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoOvernight Health Care: NIH chief: Trump has not met with task force in 'quite some time' | CDC reports 300,000 more deaths than expected this year | UK to start challenge trials for vaccine Cuomo: Travel within Tri-State area should be avoided due to COVID-19 spike California plans to review coronavirus vaccine independently MORE (D), The Associated Press reported. 

De Blasio reportedly emphasized that a decision had not yet been made on implementing a curfew, adding that “there are advantages and disadvantages” to doing so. 

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Earlier on Monday, Shea dismissed the idea of imposing a curfew in the city or calling in the National Guard as some other cities have in response to protests. 

“We don’t need the National Guard,” Shea said on NBC’s “Today." “We could impose a curfew today and the problem is people need to listen to a curfew and that’s not going to happen.”

Cuomo also weighed the possibility of a curfew. 

“Many cities use a curfew ... people will argue both ways, but my basic point is last night was bad. The criminality, the looting was the most egregious, the people exploiting the circumstance,” Cuomo said during his Monday briefing. 

He said that he would talk with de Blasio but that curfews were “not a silver bullet,” according to the AP. 

“I’m not at that point, but I know something has to be done,” Cuomo reportedly said. 

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De Blasio noted during his briefing that the majority of protesters were peaceful and said there was just a small number of violent demonstrators. 

Cities and states across the country have implemented curfews following violence at demonstrations sparked by Floyd’s death last week. 

Floyd died in Minneapolis after one officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes as Floyd said he could not breathe.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired and later charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers were also fired but have not been charged.