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New York City institutes curfew amid violent protests

NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday called for a national ban on excessive force by police and announced a curfew for New York City following violent protests triggered by the death in Minneapolis of an unarmed black man in police custody.

In a joint statement, Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city of 8 million people would be under curfew from 11pm Monday night until 5am the next morning. They said the police would double their numbers to stem violence and property damage.

At an earlier briefing, Cuomo said he worried that demonstrations in the most populous US city in response to George Floyd’s death could cause a spike in coronavirus infections.

He called on citizens to push politicians to make changes to improve society. He also urged independent investigations of police abuse.

Images from overnight showed looters ransacking a pharmacy and breaking into several luxury stores in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood after a day of protests across the city that led to hundreds of arrests.

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