New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter Chiara (pictured) was reportedly arrested at a George Floyd protest in Manhattan on Saturday night
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter was reportedly arrested at a George Floyd protest in Manhattan on Saturday night.
Chiara de Blasio, 25, was taken into custody around 10.30pm after cops infiltrated an 'unlawful assembly' at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, police sources say.
'That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops,' a source told the New York Post.
'There were thousands of people in that area at that time.'
Chiara reportedly said her address was 181 East End Avenue - the mayor's residence at Gracie Mansion.
Her arrest came about an hour before de Blasio urged protesters to disperse.
'We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home,' the mayor said at a 11.30pm press conference in downtown Brooklyn.
'If you went out peacefully to make a point about the need for change, you have been heard and change is coming in the city. I have no doubt about that. It's time to go home so we can all move forward.'
De Blasio didn't mentioned Chiara's arrest during either of the two press conferences he held on Sunday. The mayor is pictured with his wife Chirlane McCray, son Dante and daughter Chiara at the New York City Pride Parade in 2015
New York City police said that nearly 730 people have been arrested since protests erupted in the city late last week.
De Blasio did not mention that his daughter had been arrested during either of the two briefings he held about the protests on Sunday.
At a morning briefing, he said that officers had showed 'tremendous restraint overall' during the weekend's demonstrations and appointed two city officials to review how the protests unfolded and how they were handled by police.
He also promised an investigation into a video showing two police cruisers lurching into a crowd of demonstrators in a Brooklyn street, knocking people to the ground.
'We all better get back to the humanity here,' de Blasio said.
'The protesters are human beings. They need to be treated with tremendous respect. The police officers are human beings. They need to be treated with tremendous respect.'
New York City police said that nearly 730 people have been arrested since protests erupted in the city late last week
A protester throws a traffic barrel at police during a protest in Brooklyn on Saturday night
De Blasio also suggested that the protests had been co-opted by 'people who came to do violence in a systematic, organized fashion'.
He said that the 'small' number of people were motivated by 'the anarchist movement' rather than the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck during an arrest on May 25.
'They plan together online, they have very explicit rules,' he said, noting how officers have gotten their teeth knocked out and have been targeted by projectiles.
'Some come from outside of the cities, some are from inside the city. Some are from the neighborhoods where the protests take place, some are not.
'But what we do know is there is an explicit agenda of violence and it does not conform with the history of this city.'
He added: 'Thank God, there was no loss of life, there were no major injuries.'
This is a developing story.