- Chiara de Blasio, the daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, was arrested on Saturday night as protests in response to George Floyd’s death continue to escalate in the city.
- According to police sources, the 25-year-old was arrested at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and was charged with unlawful assembly.
- Demonstrations in New York escalated over the weekend. On Saturday, an NYPD cruiser rammed into a crowd of protesters, and on Sunday, protesters appeared to set fire outside of the Strand bookstore near Union Square.
- Speaking to NY1 on Saturday night, de Blasio said a “small number” of people were “clearly trying to incite violence against the police, and create property damage and vandalism.”
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Chiara de Blasio, the daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, was arrested during protests in New York City on Saturday night, NYPD sources told Insider.
According to police sources, the 25-year-old was arrested at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday during demonstrations over George Floyd’s death.
Sources added that she has been charged with unlawful assembly and has been released on a desk appearance ticket, or DAT, which requires her to appear in court at a future date.
According to The New York Post, Chiara de Blasio had been blocking traffic and refused to move.
“There were thousands of people in that area at that time,” a law enforcement source told The Post.
According to NBC New York, the NYPD confirmed that at least 345 people were arrested in protests on Saturday, and 33 cops were injured.
Representatives for Mayor de Blasio’s office did not immediately respond to Insider for comment about circumstances surrounding his daughter’s arrest, which comes as protests across the country continue into their sixth consecutive day.
Protests first broke out in Minneapolis following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed after a white police officer knelt on his neck. Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.
The encounter was caught on video and has sparked protests in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, Washington, DC, and other US cities.
Demonstrations in New York escalated over the weekend as police clashed with protesters throughout the city.
On Sunday, protesters appeared to set a fire outside of the Strand bookstore near Union Square.
Protesters are clashing with NYPD right outside the Strand bookstore near Union Square. It’s getting violent. Someone just lit a bunch of boxes on fire and it spread to the scaffolding beneath my building. pic.twitter.com/ZcR7kGQIha
— Adam Epstein (@aepstein) June 1, 2020
Authorities were also seen pushing police barricades into crowds of protesters.
Corona infected NYPD chief.. smdh RT @chadloder: NYPD police captain goes berserk, shoving the police barricade into the protesters.
— gh0stface_x (@gh0stface_x) May 31, 2020
Video showed officers hitting protesters with batons outside of the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
Police and protesters clash at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn right now pic.twitter.com/8FQJgePSeP
— Double A (@DoubleA_Charged) June 1, 2020
According to The New York Times, thousands of people gathered along the Brooklyn Bridge and at the Manhattan Bridge, briefly blocking traffic.
Speaking to NY1 on Saturday night, de Blasio said a “small number” of people were “clearly trying to incite violence against the police, and create property damage and vandalism.”
“The folks who are here to do violence and are purposeful about just trying to do violence, just trying to harm police officers, we’re going to arrest them and we’re going to deal with them and there’s going to be consequences, that’s the bottom line,” de Blasio told the outlet. “And we have to be really clear about, they do not represent this city.”
De Blasio’s son Dante wrote an op-ed in USA Today last July, discussing how his father had given him “the talk” on how to interact with the police.
“We’re taught to fear the people meant to protect us, because the absolute worst-case scenario has happened too many times,” he wrote. “This reality cannot continue.”