New York City has been the latest city to declare a state of emergency following the police killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, the latest in a series of shootings that have prompted nationwide protests and sparked national conversations on race and policing.
In the latest development, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state state of crisis Thursday as he declared a national “national day of mourning for Philando Castile.”
The governor also ordered a statewide curfew to begin at 8 p.m.
The move comes after Castile’s family requested the governor to declare the state of state of a national emergency to prevent further violence.
“It is time for us to recommit ourselves to a state where we can focus on rebuilding trust and building relationships in our communities,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Our state and our city must always come first, not our race or color.”
The national protest comes after police officers fatally shot Castile, who was black, during a traffic stop last week in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
The incident triggered weeks of protests in the U.S. and abroad, and was the culmination of months of unrest in the nation’s largest cities that have erupted in a spate of protests and deadly police encounters.
A federal investigation is underway.
Castile was shot after an exchange of gunfire with officers during a July 20 traffic stop in Falcon Hills, Minnesota, where Castile had just purchased a pair of police-issued black-and-white blue sunglasses.
“My son was trying to help me out and he got shot in the back of the head by a police officer,” Castile said in the statement released Thursday.
“I lost a son and a brother today.”
The U.K.’s Prime Minister called for an immediate end to “white supremacy” on Twitter.
The mayor of Baltimore and police commissioner in Dallas have also called for calm after the shooting.
Castille was one of more than 300 people killed by police in 2016, according to the Washington Post.
Police say Castile pulled a gun on officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call at the home he shared with his girlfriend.
The police union says Castile has no criminal history and has been treated with respect.
The shooting sparked protests around the country.
In New York, Cuomo announced that he would request federal approval to establish a national day of “national mourning for the innocent and unarmed black lives that have been lost in police brutality.”
He also ordered the state to adopt a curfew to be in place until 8 p (5 p.M.
ET) on Friday, the same time as the city’s state of alert.
Cuomo said that while the governor is concerned about the police shooting, he hopes that the national attention can spur a national conversation on race relations.
“The time has come for us as a nation to recommite ourselves to building trust, building relationships, and to recommitting ourselves to protecting our communities, including police officers,” Cuomo added.
Castilin Castile in the car outside his apartment in Minneapolis on July 24, 2017.
Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto In the wake of Castile shooting, there were rallies in several cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia and Oakland, California, where demonstrators held signs that read “Stop Police Brutality,” “No Justice, No Peace” and “Black Lives Matter.”
The protests spread to cities across the country and prompted President Donald Trump to call for a federal investigation into the shooting and call for reforms to the way the police interact with people of color.
“There are a lot of black people who have been shot by police,” Trump said Thursday, according the Washington Examiner.
“We can’t let that happen.”
Trump’s comments were met with protests from people who said the president was using Castile as an example of racial injustice.
“You can’t call a Black man a thug because he’s holding a gun, and call a white man a criminal because he was carrying a gun,” Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager from Ferguson, Missouri, who died in 2014, said in an interview with CNN.
“These are just black lives.
And the white lives that were not impacted by that, we’re supposed to be grateful for.”
The president’s remarks came after he defended the police officer involved in Castile shootout, who is white, after the footage of the shooting was released by police.
The footage shows Castile standing over Brown, who had his hands up, before he begins firing at the officer.
Castiles attorney says Castiles gun was raised in the air and the video shows it did not fire.
“What is so important about the video, is that the video is out there and people can see what was going on,” said Daniel Pincus, a lawyer for Castile.
“At this point, we can’t trust that that officer is going to stop shooting and killing people.”
Trump has come under pressure from civil rights groups to declare police brutality a national crisis.
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