National unrest was triggered last week after the killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis that saw a policeman kneel on the neck of George Floyd for nine minutes, after arresting him for allegedly purchasing cigarettes with a counterfeit bill. Video of Floyd's death has been widely shared on social media.
About 800 people were arrested overnight, according to police.
"We will not tolerate violence of any kind", he added.
Shortly after, Daily Beast breaking news reporter Rachel Olding uploaded a video showing police officers rushing into Macy's after the individuals. As night fell, however, sporadic looting broke out at the Macy's department store in Herald Square and other spots including retail outlets along Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. A joint press release from the governor and Mayor Bill de Blasio was issued a short time later.
Bystander Sean Jones, who watched as people ransacked luxury stores in Manhattan's chic Soho neighborhood Sunday night, explained the destruction this way: "People are doing this so next time, before they think about trying to kill another black person, they're going to be like, 'Damn, we don't want them out here doing this. again'".
The governor also said he would not grant any requests to send National Guard troops out of the state at this time, saying he needs them in NY. He said the NYPD, given its size and experience, should be able to handle the situation, but that 13,000 National Guard officers were on standby to help.
The New York City Police Department doubled its police presence, bringing almost 8,000 police to help prevent violence and property damage and the additional officers will be deployed to areas where violence and property damage occurred during the previous night's protests - specifically in lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. "Their actions are unacceptable and we won't allow them in our city".
After Floyd protests, NYC stores plundered despite curfew
"We can't let violence undermine the message of this moment", Mr de Blasio said in a statement.
"There were peaceful protestors who rejected the violent elements and forced them out of protests", said de Blasio.
'There were thousands of people in that area at that time'. The city has been the epicenter of the pandemic in the US with 208,550 cases of coronavirus and at least 21,090 deaths.
During his first mayoral campaign De Blasio and his family represented an imagery of the American family which has long existed, but rarely made its way into the public's eye on a political platform.
The mayor said he was unaware about his daughter's plans to participate in the protests during a press conference.
An officer was shot and gravely wounded as police tried to disperse a crowd outside a Las Vegas hotel and casino.
The streamer can be heard asking protesters, "Can you flip the auto there?"
NY police clash with protesters marching against George Floyd death
At The Grove , a kiosk for the Los Angeles Police Department was set on fire, while the Nordstrom store next door was broken into. Law enforcement officials responded by cracking down on protesters and journalists alike with tear gas and rubber bullets.