THE BRONX — Looters left a trail of destruction from Manhattan to the Bronx Monday as peaceful daytime demonstrations over police brutality against people of color continue to morph into violent nighttime protests.
Debris and glass from smashed storefront windows littered Fordham Road in the Bronx Tuesday morning as the sun shone a light on the destruction from the previous night.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said the looting and violence perpetrated in the name of George Floyd and all those before him “goes against the spirit of these rallies.”
“What happened on Fordham Road last night was not a protest,” Diaz told PIX11’s Dan Mannarino. “What happened last night was unacceptable, it’s unlawful.”
Monday marked the fifth day of protests over the police custody death of Floyd in Minneapolis. Despite an 11 p.m. curfew in New York City, looters and protesters clashed with police and caused extensive property damage in several boroughs.
The borough president said he plans to meet later Tuesday with community leaders and clergy members to encourage demonstrators to protest and march peacefully.
“We want people to protest. We need people to hear their voices and let out that anger but we cannot do it at the expense of our communities and our neighborhoods,” Diaz said.
The curfew in New York City will begin again at 8 p.m. Tuesday.