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Unrest in the Bronx: Fires, looting, violence and more overnight

Bronx chaos and destruction aftermath
Posted at 9:30 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 11:04:05-04

THE BRONX — Despite predominantly peaceful protests continuing across New York City during the day Monday, the city's new curfew did not deter looting and destruction from spreading to the Bronx as night fell.

While much of the looting has been at big stores and chains in Manhattan and Brooklyn, small businesses in Bronx communities of color became targets overnight.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. told PIX11 Tuesday morning that looting and violence "goes against the spirit of these rallies."

"What happened on Fordham Road last night was not a protest," Diaz said, calling the mayhem "unacceptable" and "unlawful."

Videos posted on social media Monday night show large trash fires burning along Fordham Road, some right in the middle of the street.

"I am deeply distressed by the burning of Fordham Road," Bronx City Councilman Ritchie Torres lamented on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Witnesses in the Fordham area posted video of business owners trying to clean up after being broken into and looted.

Warning: The below video contains language some readers may find offensive.

Fordham wasn't the only area hit hard.

While out in his community Tuesday morning Councilman Torres posted photos from Burnside, saying the neighborhood's conditions were "comparable or worse" than Fordham, "with far less cleanup.

Things also turned violent in the Bronx as the night went on.

According to police, an NYPD sergeant was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in the Mount Eden section. Just before 1 a.m. the officer was struck by a black sedan that then fled the scene, officials said.

Earlier around 11 p.m., the Sergeants Benevolent Association, an NYPD union, shared a video on Twitter they said shows a police officer being brazenly attacked by multiple people. The location of the incident is not clear.

The NYPD told PIX11 they are aware of the incident and it is currently under internal review.

"Just left the Bronx," Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted around 1 a.m. Tuesday. "Real problems on Fordham Road, also Burnside Avenue. Spoke with Councilman Fernando Cabrera about immediate steps to address the situation," he assured.

AIR11 was over the Bronx Tuesday morning, showing some of the aftermath, including garbage strewn across streets and shattered store windows:

Monday marked the fifth day of protests in New York over the police custody death of Floyd in Minneapolis.

Despite an 11 p.m. curfew in New York City, looters and protesters clashed with police and caused extensive property damage across the city.