President Trump said on Tuesday morning that New York City had been ‘lost’ to ‘lowlife scum’ and ‘thugs’ after another night of looting which has prompted Mayor de Blasio and Cuomo to bring the curfew forward from 11pm to 8pm but the pair still refuse to call in the National Guard.
The looters smashed the store fronts of designers along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, trashed Macy’s, Sephora and the Lego Store in Herald Square, and were also seen ransacking Duane Reades and independently owned smoke shops as they snatched all they could before being rounded up by NYPD cops.
Further uptown, violence broke out in the Bronx where an NYPD officer was run over and others were beaten in the street.
Trump, earlier on Monday, warned state governors and particularly New York to ‘toughen up’ before the situation escalated.
On Tuesday morning, after another night of violent, he tweeted an attack on Gov. Cuomo and his CNN-anchor brother Chris, saying: ‘Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum.
‘The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!’
Gov. Cuomo is in charge of enlisting the National Guard if needed, not Trump. Yesterday, Cuomo said 13,000 troops were on standby but they had not yet been mobilized. Twenty other states have put theirs in action.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has extended New York City’s curfew to last through the week from 8pm until 5am.
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Looters descended on Herald Square on Monday night to steal from Macy’s among other stores in a second night of unrest
Urban Outfitters was one of several stores his at Herald Square. Shown, the aftermath on Tuesday morning
Inside Urban outfitters at Herald Square after it was trashed by looters on Monday night despite a city-wide curfew
A looted souvenir shop in Manhattan on Tuesday morning after another night of looting
Duane Reade stores across the city were also ransacked by the looters
Sephora and Foot Locker at Herald Square on 34th Street were also looted on Monday night. The scene on Tuesday is shown
Inside Sephora at Herald Square on Tuesday morning after looters ransacked the shelves on Monday night before being chased out by police
The Duane Reade at 1350 Broadway – between 35th and 36th Street near Herald Square – on Tuesday morning
Smashed windows outside Duane Reade on Tuesday morning after another night of violence
A man could be seen running out of Paul & Shark on Madison Avenue and 61st Street clutching piles of clothing. Smashed glass covered the floor after the storefront was smashed
Looters were seen piling into a Coach store in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on the seventh night of unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd
The Lego Store next to Madison Square Park was also hit. One person could be seen running out with large boxes last night
Protesters were arrested for breaking curfew in New York City last night after police spotted them outside past 11pm
Pictured are just some of the stores hit by protesters yesterday night.
The carnage at nightfall came after a day in which thousands protested peacefully across the city over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was killed in Minneapolis last Monday when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
In the week since, distress has erupted across America as Black Lives Matters protesters fend off violent responses from police forces trying to disperse them and looters and rioters cash in on the chaos.
President Trump has only inflamed tensions by threatening to deploy the military across the country unless state governors crack down further.
On Monday night, he finally emerged from the White House after keeping himself hidden away over the weekend to walk to a church for a photo-opp with a bible.
In order for him to get there, police rained tear gas and rubber bullets on a crowd of peaceful protesters.
New York City’s 11pm curfew was announced yesterday afternoon by Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. It is the first time the city has imposed a curfew since the 1940s but it did little to stop the looters.
Long before 11pm, crowds were smashing store fronts along Fifth Avenue.
Upmarket fashion store Michael Kors on Fifth Avenue was among the luxury outlets hit, along with Nike and Lego.
Groups of young people moved from block to block around the district – usually bustling with tourists but deserted due to the coronavirus – with entire streets blocked by police.
Sephora on Fifth Avenue on the Flatiron District of New York City on Tuesday after being ransacked
The Staples on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan’s Flatiron District was also smashed up by looters
An AT&T store on Tuesday morning after being ransacked by looters
A Duane Reade Express in Midtown on Monday night in the second night of looting in New York City
Nordstrom Rack at Union Square was also ransacked by looters
A CVS on Monday night after being looted
A man hands out shoes taken from the Ugg Store in Soho on Monday night
NYPD officers arrested more than 200 people across the city on Monday night
DE BLASIO DECLARES WAR ON HIS OWN NYPD
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has gone to war with his own cops as he demanded the officer who pointed his firearm at protesters ‘should have his gun and badge taken away’.
De Blasio called for the NYPD officer to be fired after footage surfaced on social media of him pulling his handgun and pointing it at protesters outside The Strand bookstore in Manhattan Sunday night where activists gathered to demand justice over George Floyd’s death.
‘It is not the place of an officer to pull a gun in the middle of a crowd, knowing that there are peaceful protesters in that crowd. That is unacceptable, that is dangerous,’ said de Blasio at his daily press briefing Monday.
‘That officer should have his gun and badge taken away today.’
This comes as the mayor’s approach to the protests has been called into question after he was forced to backtrack over his response to footage of officers ramming crowds with an SUV and it emerged his own daughter was arrested during a Manhattan protest.
In Sunday’s footage, the NYPD officer is seen drawing his handgun and pointing it at peaceful protesters near Manhattan’s Union Square while he quickly marches over the road toward them.
The crowds are heard screaming and run from the cop amid fears that he will open fire – on a night where people gathered to demand an end to police brutality.
The cop then returns the firearm to its holster and appears to be led by another cop back to the other side of the road.
The incident took place at around 10p.m. Sunday night near 12th and Broadway outside The Strand bookstore, according to the social media post sharing the video.
In an interview with NY1 at 9.40pm, Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed in the same breath that while the city had a ‘real problem’, it was ‘fully under control’.
‘We have a small situation with a small number of people doing looting, trying to take advantage of what they see around the country and this moment, and we’re doing a defense against it and a very strong one – thousands of police officers and now we’re going to impose the curfew earlier.
‘But I’m not just going to accept a misunderstanding of what’s happening in the city.
‘The city is fully under control and overwhelmingly calm and peaceful. That’s just reality. I’m seeing it with my own eyes,’ he said.
Pictures and videos taken across the city tell a different story.
An NYPD official told DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning that there were more than a dozen shootings around the city last night.
Six people were hospitalized but he would not give a breakdown of how many were cops and how many were civilians.
Images from local news showed some young people running out of a Best Buy electronics store before being apprehended by the police. Flagship Macy’s department store was also targeted by looters despite having been boarded up.
Tuesday night’s strategy, the mayor said, is to impose a curfew before it gets dark.
‘He said he and Cuomo – who were criticized for making the curfew so late to begin with – wanted to give people an opportunity to get home on Monday night.
‘Except for a few hours last night, we had not seen any of this kind of activity of large-scale breaking into stores – again, not something we’ve historically seen in New York City – and we wanted to give people time to get home, we wanted to bring it in in a manner that certainly did not disrupt people in communities, and that we thought would be an effective tool.
‘But it’s just, we’re seeing too much of this activity tonight.
‘So, the idea of going to 8:00 PM is it’s still light out. And that’s really what we saw this evening and last night, is when it got dark is when people attempted to do this kind of activity.
‘So, we’re going to just take the next obvious steps and have a curfew that begins while it’s still light out at 8:00 PM tomorrow,’ he said.
One person is lead away by police officers wearing helmets on the seventh night of unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd
One man is held down on the floor by police officers who arrested those who broke New York City’s 11pm to 5am curfew last night
Looters ransacked Manhattan’s designer stores overnight as New York City’s 11pm curfew failed to stop people smashing windows and running off with hundreds of dollars of merchandise. Pictured: Looters raid a Balenciaga store in Manhattan last night
A man is arrested by cops after curfew in New York City during protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis
Flagship Macy’s department store was also targeted despite having been boarded up. Pictured: The store bordered up
Police arrested numerous people for breaking curfew in New York City last night during a protest demanding justice of George Floyd
Video showed alleged looters being lead out of Macy’s in Herald Square on the seventh night of unrest in the US
A man was lead away by police after he was arrested during the protest last night. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio imposed a curfew on all residents apart from essential workers, anyone seeking medical attention and the homeless yesterday
A protester is arrested by police officers for breaking curfew on Eight Avenue in New York City last night
The glass windows at G-Star Raw in Manhattan were seriously damaged in the looting last night on the seventh night of unrest
On Tuesday morning, luxury stores further along Fifth Avenue boarded up their windows in anticipation of more violence
Stores near Rockefeller Center, which saw large crowds gather last night but largely avoided looting, boarding up windows on Tuesday morning
The Puma store on Fifth Avenue was being boarded up on Tuesday morning