NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Many are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to put an end to the city’s 8 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew.

The mayor imposed the curfew in response to looting and violence that followed protests over the death of George Floyd.

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Since then, peaceful protests have continued late into the night.

That’s prompted calls to drop the curfew, as other cities have, to avoid clashes with police.

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Friday, de Blasio explained why he doesn’t want to lift the curfew.

“Anyone who would say ‘Is it more harm than good?’ I would say no. We’ve had three really good nights after two really bad nights,” the mayor said.

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As for arrests in New York City this week:

  • Monday – 700
  • Tuesday – 200 (first night of curfew)
  • Wednesday – 180
  • Thursday – 270
  • Friday – 40