De Blasio ‘Very Worried’ That Protests Will Lead to Spread of Coronavirus

New York City will extend an unprecedented curfew for the rest of the week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Protests are taking place in cities across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, after an altercation with a white Minneapolis police officer. The officer, who was videotaped kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, has been charged with third-degree murder.

The incident has renewed outcry over excessive police force that helped spark the national Black Lives Matter movement. While many of the protests have been peaceful, some have resulted in arrests, looting and damage to police vehicles and buildings.

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