The daughter of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was detained in New York on Saturday evening during protests caused by the death of African-American George Floyd as a result of police actions, the New York Post reported, citing sources.
According to the newspaper, 25-year-old Chiara de Blasio was detained in Manhattan. According to the source, she and other protesters blocked traffic at the intersection of two streets and were arrested after the demonstrators ignored the police’s demand to clear the road.
“It was a real hot spot, where police cars were burned; people threw things and shouted, clashed with police. At that time, there were thousands of people in the area,” a source told the newspaper.
The publication notes that when the girl was arrested, she did not say that she was the daughter of the mayor.
Riots broke out in Minneapolis and several other cities after the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, at the hands of police. Videos surfaced on the Internet showing police officers handcuffing Floyd, knocking him down, and three of them leaning on him, with one of them putting a knee on his neck. Floyd, in the video, says several times that he can’t breathe, and then goes quiet. He died in intensive care. Four police officers were fired after the riots began, and one of them was charged with negligent homicide. Minneapolis and neighboring St. Paul have a weekend curfew.