Scattered violence broke out again Tuesday in a northern Manhattan neighborhood tense over the police killing of a resident. Mayor David Dinkins pleaded for peace and more than 1,000 officers patrolled the streets.
The incidents Tuesday in Washington Heights did not appear to be as serious as the widespread unrest the night before, in which one person died and 28 were arrested.
There were bursts of rock- and bottle-throwing and some cars were set on fire after a wake for the man police killed. But crowds quickly broke up when hundreds of police arrived in vans and buses.
Twenty-four people were arrested and 20 people, including 10 police officers, suffered minor injuries, Police Commissioner Lee Brown said. He said there were 23 car fires, 16 trash fires, and two vacant buildings set on fire.
"There are less people in the streets tonight," Commissioner Brown said.
Earlier Tuesday, windows at a commuter bus terminal were smashed and officers wielding batons and wearing riot helmets chased a group of demonstrators.
The streets were littered with glass from vandalized stores, overturned cars, and smoldering trash from Monday night's violence. There also had been sporadic violence in Washington Heights on Sunday.
The mayor visited the neighborhood for the second straight day, this time accompanied by John Cardinal O'Connor.
"Violence is the answer to nothing, absolutely nothing.... Justice we will have; peace I beg you for," Dinkins told 300 people in a schoolyard speech.
During Monday night's violence, which spread over more than 70 blocks, shots were fired at police officers and a police helicopter hovering over a precinct station.