The daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was among some 350 arrested on Saturday night after she participated in demonstrations in Manhattan, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has confirmed.
Chiara de Blasio, 25, was arrested at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday during demonstrations against police brutality in response to the death of George Floyd, NYPD sources confirmed with The Epoch Times.
Police sources said de Blasio was arrested for unlawful assembly at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, after allegedly blocking traffic and refusing to move when asked by officers.
NYPD sources told The Epoch Times that the 25-year-old was arrested for unlawful assembly, given a desk appearance ticket, and was later released. The sources declined to comment on when she was released.
The 25-year-old did not inform officers that she was the mayor’s daughter, but provided his Upper East Side home—also known as the Gracie Mansion—as her address, according to the Post.
News of her arrest came after mayor de Blasio said a small group of well-organized “anarchists” were behind much of the violence, echoing comments from Attorney General William Barr on Saturday that the violence within these protests appears to have been “planned, organized, and driven” by groups of outside radicals and agitators who are exploiting the situation in order to achieve “their own separate and violent agenda.”
The Epoch Times contacted City Hall for comment, but did not immediately hear back.
New York City police said that since the protests began late last week, nearly 790 people have been arrested, 33 officers have been injured and 27 police vehicles have been damaged or destroyed by fire. There were no major injuries reported.
“We all better get back to the humanity here,” the mayor said Sunday morning. “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.”
He 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.
A number of major cities have been rocked by riots and looting in recent days, following Floyd’s death, including in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, Cincinnati, Portland, Oregon, and Louisville, Kentucky.
The police officer who was seen kneeling on the man’s neck, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Friday. Chauvin and three other police officers involved in the arrest have since been fired.
According to a tally compiled by the Associated Press, at least 4,100 people have been arrested across the United States over days of protests.