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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have imposed an 11pm-5am curfew in New York City and are adding 4,000 cops to the streets to try to regain control after a violent night of looting and protests. 

More than 250 people were arrested last night and arrests were still being made in the early hours of Monday morning. 

Looters ransacked Soho and stores on Fifth Avenue in an orchestrated attack on the city that many have labeled an opportunistic grab for goods at a time of national crisis when thousands of others are peacefully protesting over the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in Minneapolis last week by white cop Derek Chauvin who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. 

Protests have erupted around the country and many have turned violent. New York City’s curfew is among the latest.

In Minneapolis, it is 10pm and in Los Angeles it is 6pm.

There has not been a citywide curfew in New York for decades. The only other one on record was in 1943 when  then Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia placed an 10.30pm curfew in place in Harlem amid riots over the shooting of a black soldier by a white cop.

Monday’s order applies to all residents apart from essential workers, anyone seeking medical attention and the homeless are exempt from the curfew.

Cuomo, announcing the curfew in a radio interview on

‘There are people who use the chaos of the moment. It’s an opportunity. If you want to steal it, that’s the night to do it.’  

Six cops were injured, none seriously, and a man in his twenties was shot in the abdomen after an argument with a different group of young men at 12.30am at Spring Street and Crosby Street on Sunday night. 

NYPD officers scrambled to chase looters out of stores but they were all pillages and dumpster fires were started in the streets. President Trump told New York to ‘toughen up’ on Monday in a call with governors across the country. 

Floyd’s death has sparked a national conversation about racism and police brutality amid a backdrop of a country that had already been shaken by economic uncertainty and public health fears caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Chanel in Soho on Monday morning after looters smashed windows to ransack luxury stores in another night of chaos

Chanel in Soho on Monday morning after looters smashed windows to ransack luxury stores in another night of chaos 

Inside the Leica Gallery in New York City on Monday morning after looters smashed the front and some of the framed artwork inside

Inside the Leica Gallery in car service new york laguardia York City on Monday morning after looters smashed the front and some of the framed artwork inside 

The looters pulled down plywood to get into the stores. They are not thought to have been part of the Floyd protests

The looters pulled down plywood to get into the stores.

They are not thought to have been part of the Floyd protests

A young man on a Citibike on Monday morning after taking from Balmain, one of the many stores that was looted on Sunday night

A young man on a Citibike on Monday morning after taking from Balmain, one of the many stores that was looted on Sunday night

Street cleaners on Monday morning in Soho. There were still boxes of goods strewn in the street from the stores

Street cleaners on Monday morning in Soho.

Boxes of goods from the stores were also seen lying in the streets

The smashed window at G-Shock on West Broadway on Monday morning

The smashed window at G-Shock on West Broadway on Monday morning 

Happy Socks on West Broadway on Monday morning

Happy Socks on West Broadway on Monday morning 

NYPD officers on Monday morning outside Chanel in New York City. More than 250 people were arrested in NYC on Sunday night

NYPD officers on Monday morning outside Chanel in New York City.

More than 250 people were arrested in NYC on Sunday night

Another jewelry store on West Broadway that had its windows smashed on Sunday night

Another jewelry store on West Broadway that had its windows smashed on Sunday night 

Jewelry store Aurate on Monday morning after being smashed up by the looters

Jewelry store Aurate on Monday morning after being smashed up by the looters 

Some of the dozens of stores in Soho that were looted on Sunday night as the NYPD struggled to keep up with crowds of violent looters in one part of the city while hundreds of others gathered elsewhere to protest