NYPT changed tactics during Wednesday night’s protests, dispersing peaceful protesters after curfews began, which angered some officials.
Supporters welcomed a new approach to preventing looting at night, but critics say that peace must pay a high price, as the city had to completely calm down after 8 p.m.
Bridges were closed to traffic, and police arrested dozens of law-abiding citizens for violating curfews. About an hour after the curfew deadline, officers began to disperse people in Brooklyn and Manhattan, sometimes spraying them with pepper spray or using batons to push those who did not want to move fast enough.
2 massive peaceful protests that continued after curfew were dispersed by the police, resulting in 180 arrests. New York City Police Chief Terence Monaghan said about 60 people were arrested in Central Park from a crowd of protesters marching near the mayor’s residence. “No more connivance,” he said.
“They need to leave the streets after 20:00. We gave them time until 21:00, and there was no sign that they were about to leave the streets. We are just not going to put up with it. ” Public lawyer Jumen Williams was annoyed that a peaceful demonstration was dispersed. “I can’t believe what I just saw and experienced on myself,” Williams wrote on twitter.
He called the use of force against peaceful protesters “disgusting.” New York City Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea said in turn that the use of force by New York City police was justified, but officials are still reviewing approximately 7 incidents that could result in police disciplinary action.