FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the USTA Indoor Training Center where a 350-bed temporary hospital will be built to support efforts in fight against COVID-19 in New York on March 31, 2020. "The point's been made".
The Democrat credited police for "tremendous restraint", but appointed two city officials to review incidents caught on video, including an officer ripping a man's mask off to spray his face with a chemical and two police cruisers lurching into a crowd of demonstrators in Brooklyn.
The protest in Brooklyn was part of the dozens of nationwide demonstrations against racism since the death of George Floyd. The police officers are human beings.
New York City police said that almost 730 people have been arrested since protests erupted in the city late last week.
A woman from the Catskills region, Samantha Shader, 27, was arrested on charges that she had thrown a firebomb at a police van in Brooklyn on Friday, the police said. Protesters have been clashing with police in major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.
According to Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, about 350 protestors were arrested and more than 30 members of the NYPD were injured Saturday evening.
Demonstrators paraded through multiple neighbourhoods, chanting, kneeling in the street, and falling silent for a minute in front of the neon-adorned NYPD station in Times Square in honour of people killed by police.
The officer has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Duncan Anikwue was one of the protesters calling for change. "No matter who does it, no matter why", she added.
De Blasio also suggested that the protests had been co-opted by "people who came to do violence in a systematic, organized fashion".
Second, the mayor hopes to amplify screening of new officers, ensuring only those who exemplify what the NYPD stands for, become police officers.
As cities around the world created a curfew to attempt to stop rallies and violence, the mayor explained that New York City would not be enacting a curfew on it's citizens. "We find a way, in this most complex of places, to work things out, even if it's imperfectly". People scattered, officers got out of the SUV, and a protester walked up to the vehicle and busted a window.
The mayor, who is white, didn't mention the arrest at his press briefing Sunday.