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Protesters denouncing police brutality and systemic racism exit the Manhattan Bridge after being stopped by police for hours during a citywide curfew in New York City. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Thousands of mostly peaceful demonstrators defied an 8pm curfew to march through New York City on Tuesday, per AP.

Details: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized the New York Police Department via Twitter over reports that police were kettling in hundreds of protesters on Manhattan Bridge.

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  • Protesters were marching from Brooklyn to Manhattan when police stopped them about 8pm, per PIX 11.
  • Ocasio-Cortez initially tweeted that she was headed to the "dangerous" situation. But after getting confirmation that the Brooklyn side of the bridge was opening up, she urged everyone to stay safe and "get some sleep."

The big picture: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a briefing earlier Tuesday he was extending the 8pm–5am curfew to Sunday after another night of looting that marred largely peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd and other black people in police custody.

  • It's the city's first curfew since 1943, which was imposed after unrest in Harlem when a white police officer shot a black soldier, per Rolling Stone.
  • But many New Yorkers were defying the curfew to protest over Tuesday night. Demonstrations remained largely peaceful, with only a few reports of looting, according to CBS New York.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Updated Sep 14, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Rochester police chief fired following Daniel Prude's death

A make shift memorial at the site where Daniel Prude was arrested in Rochester, New York. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Monday she's fired Police Chief La'Ron Singletary and suspended two others following protests over the police killing of Daniel Prude, a Black man says after being hooded and held down by local police.

Why it matters: The firing of Singletary comes almost a week after he announced his retirement. Activists have called for Singletary's resignation after details of Prude's March death surfaced recently, the Democrat and Chronicle notes. Warren accused Singletary of failing to properly brief her on the killing.

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Taiwan leader confirms U.S. troops on island training forces

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei earlier this month. Photo: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen told CNN Thursday that a small number of American troops are on the island for training purposes and she has "faith" the U.S. would defend the democracy against a Chinese military attack.

Why it matters: This is the first time a Taiwanese leader has publicly acknowledged the presence of U.S. troops on the self-governing island since the last U.S. garrison left in 1979, when Washington switched formal diplomatic recognition to Beijing.

Updated 5 hours ago - Health

NYC firefighters union urges members to defy mayor's vaccine mandate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The president of New York City's firefighters union told reporters Wednesday that he's advised unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Under de Blasio's order that's due to take effect Friday, unvaccinated city employees would be placed on unpaid leave. But Uniformed Firefighters Association head Andrew Ansbro said he told members that "if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," according to Reuters.