Midtown Manhattan and Times Square turned into as like a war zone Tuesday. High-end stores like Macy’s, Gucci, Nike Soho, Best Buy , Chanel, Tory Burch, Kate Spade were all vandalized.
Nobody could stop the looters from breaking in and grabbing what they wanted from the luxury stores to make vandalized.
Roving groups of lotters smashing their way into shops and emptying them of merchandise. The doors of Macy’s flagship Manhattan store were broken off. Lotters rushed into a Nike store and carried out armloads of clothing as many as they could making store vandalized.
Police arrested several, some inside Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square as looters struck.
The vandalism continued further downtown where looters were caught on CC camera breaking into a Nordstrom Rack at Union Square.
Amid the chaos all before the 11 p.m. curfew set in, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office declared Tuesday’s curfew would start at 8 p.m.
“These protests have power and meaning. But as the night wears on we are seeing groups use them to incite violence and destroy property,” de Blasio said.
Looters clashed with police as vandals smashed several area in the city. After the curfew took effect, police had went to action more actively to clear the streets, chasing after and knocking down some people who wouldn’t comply as they streamed toward Times Square.
More than 200 people were arrested around the city. Protests are breaking out 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, was videotaped Floyd kneeling, has been charged with third-degree murder.
The incident has returned into 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, stores, assets and buildings.