New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for police reforms.
Nine trucks with National Guard soldiers were seen at the White house. A 200-250-strong military police battalion will also be stationed in the American capital. Three sources in the US Department of Defense told CNN.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday called for a national ban on the use of excessive force by police and declared a curfew for New York City after protests sparked by the death in Minneapolis of unarmed African-American George Floyd, who was arrested by police.
In a joint statement, Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that a curfew would be imposed from 11 p.m. in the city of 8 million people. The Governor and mayor added that the number of police officers would be doubled to stop the violence and damage.
At a previous briefing, Cuomo said he was concerned that demonstrations in the most populous US city could cause a spike in coronavirus infection.
He called on citizens to push politicians to make decisions that can change the situation in society. He also called for an independent investigation into police abuse.
Cuomo said some of the actions of New York police officers during the protests are disturbing; referring to a video widely shared online that show a police car that drove into the crowd.
At the same time, Cuomo spoke out against those who used the protests for looting and vandalism. He supported other political leaders, saying that outsiders are often the instigators of violence, which plays into the hands of those who seek to block progressive changes.
Cuomo said the unrest could complicate the city’s plans for reopening, set for June 8.
Earlier on Monday, de Blasio said the demonstrations were overwhelmingly peaceful and praised New York City police officers, saying he believed they showed restraint.