NEW YORK — With protests going on throughout New York City in anger at the death of George Floyd, the city will continue to deploy extra police officers to the point that many of them will miss regular days off, a spokesperson announced Tuesday.
“At this time, regular days off for full duty uniformed members of the service are canceled,” said Sgt. Jessica McRorie.
The city has thousands of officers deployed throughout the city to deal with the protests. As many as 8,000 have been deployed at a time to deal with the unrest, which has included some looting and destruction of property to go along with further incidents of police brutality.
Demonstrations have been held in cities across the country in the wake of Floyd’s death, which was captured on video and shared widely on social media.
The video shows Floyd, who is black, on the ground as a white police officer kneels on his neck. Floyd can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” before he falls unconscious.
The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been fired and charged with murder.
Though the protest in Newark appeared mostly peaceful, many demonstrations across the country, including in Brooklyn, have turned violent.