The New York City schools reopened on Monday, and they were open and safe, despite a lockdown imposed by police following a weekend of violent protests in Manhattan.
The NYPD tweeted on Sunday that they were “reopening” the schools after an initial lockdown in response to the death of a white police officer who was killed on Sunday.
Authorities imposed the lockdown because of the “potential threat” posed by the unrest in Manhattan and in surrounding areas, but it was lifted after an evening curfew.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials hailed the reopening as a positive step.
“Our schools are back open, we have resumed classes, and students are back on the playground, which is a big step forward for our students and their families,” said de Blasio, who was joined at a ceremony by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill De Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also lauded the move.
“We are extremely proud to be reopening our schools today,” he tweeted.
“New Jersey schools are the safest in the nation.”
But other parts of New York were locked down on Sunday as the city and the surrounding areas were locked in a standoff that saw demonstrators storm Trump Tower.
The protests were sparked by the death last week of a black man who was shot by police in the city.
Police said they were responding to reports of a fight when officers arrived at the building.
Demonstrators had been protesting the death for weeks.
A day after the shooting, demonstrators gathered at the Trump Tower in New York and chanted, “We are not afraid.
We are not intimidated.
We will not be intimidated,” and “We’re not leaving.”
Police deployed tear gas and pepper spray against the protesters, but did not remove them from the building until hours later.
Demonstration leaders said they planned to remain on the street until the end of the lockdown, and some were still outside in the afternoon.
Police said on Monday that they had arrested six people for breaking the lockdown and interfering with officers.
In a separate development, New York State Police said the New York Police Department had reopened all of its streets after a four-day lockdown.
The New York Times reported that authorities had opened all but one of the city’s roads and highways after a three-day closure on Saturday, a move that comes as protests have been escalating in cities across the United States and around the world.
The state’s governor said New York’s roads were open to all, but that drivers should be cautious in areas where protesters have gathered.
A group of about 100 people gathered on the streets of Manhattan late Saturday night and remained there for several hours, according to the Times.
On Sunday, the NYPD and New York state troopers had shut down the city to prevent further violence, and a curfew was in place throughout the city for an estimated three hours.
Authorities said there were no reports of arrests, injuries or injuries that posed a threat to the public.