Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Daughter Among Hundreds Arrested in N.Y.C. George Floyd Protests

"The chilling nature of his demise is not a black problem or a white problem, a Minnesota problem or a D.C. problem, but an American problem," she tweeted, adding, "Most protests have been peaceful demonstrations of hurt and rage, although some have been marred by violence."

She added: "We can use civil disobedience to acknowledge our horror at seeing a man lose his life under the unyielding knee of a police officer, and also find other ways to address inequities and racism."

De Blasio, in a statement over the weekend, said "structural racism haunts the lives of people of color."

"What we're seeing is an overflow due to decades of injustices," he said of the nationwide demonstrations and unrest. "I see my own privilege and can only understand so much. I know enough to say that for the Black community every day is pervaded by racism. We will do better."

Speaking to residents planning to protest, de Blasio encouraged everyone on Friday to participate in peaceful gatherings, and said police were told to, in turn, "respect peaceful protest."

"To everyone protesting and expressing that anger and pain, please remember how important it is to protest peacefully. Please remember that we're in the middle of a pandemic," he said. "We have to do all we can to protect each other. Everyone out there has a responsibility."

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