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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed as he took the stage at a vigil for George Floyd in Brooklyn on Thursday.

As de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, were introduced and walked up to the podium, many in the crowd could be heard booing them in a video shared to Twitter by ABC News correspondent Dan Linden, even as their introducer asked the crowd to respect the two multiple times.

The mayor has come under intense criticism for his response to the protests that have stemmed from the death of Floyd, who died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes, video of the event shows.

After New York City’s 8 p.m. curfew went into effect Wednesday, clashes between protesters and police quickly escalated, videos from the New York Times show.

De Blasio repeated his support of the curfew Thursday. “In the context of crisis, in the context of curfew, there is a point where enough is enough. If officers say now is the point we need you to go home, it’s time to go home,” de Blasio said, according to The New York Times.

Eric Ulrich, a Republican councilman from Queens, called for de Blasio to resign over his failure to prevent violence from occurring Wednesday evening, urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to “step in & remove him from office,” and adding that he would call for a vote of no confidence in the New York City council.

Many former aides to the mayor were quick to criticize his position on the protests, including roughly 400 current and former staffers who signed a public letter demanding de Blasio cut funding to the New York Police Department only hours after tensions escalated.

Responding to criticism early Thursday morning, the mayor said that he did not believe that his former aides fully grasped the situation saying that he was “not sure they understand the depth of the reality of what we’ve faced.”

“No matter what is happening around us, we’ve got to support each other,” the mayor said.

  • Alison says:

    The wife says “power to the people”. Isn’t that the foundation of our republic? Of the people, for the people, by the people….
    Can’t decide who’s worse, her or that man she married to that has screwed NYC!

  • Fernand Russell says:

    Fantastic, as a retired police officer I suggest that all police departments are defunded. Now, let me give you a scenario and ask a couple of questions. The scenario goes like this, and this is just a supposition: Police are defunded nationwide, criminals can now commit any crime they please against any citizen they wish to attack for any reason without being arrested because there are no police! The questions are: 1. Who is going to protect you from criminals? 2. What happens to people in congress who are attacked since there are no police, criminals can now attack anyone, anytime! For me, well I carry so when the criminals come for me and/or my family I am ready with my weapons!

    • Joe G says:

      Of course next they will want our guns.
      If people want less police lock up all the murderers, rapists and thieves for good. Without police they will all move to NYC. Good for the rest of the country.

  • stephen russell says:

    Hooray same for Cuomo 2, tide for recall or special election coming,


    By your weapons where you don’t have to fill out a bunch of government forms. Then :Big Brother” wont know who has what.

    • Nana6 says:

      Assume they will be easy to buy off the criminals. Who is going to care. No one will be watching the hen house anyway. God help us..the patients are now running the asylum.

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