Which Major Cities Have Curfews amid Widespread Protests and What to Know
Dozens of U.S. cities have implemented curfews following arrests, looting and vandalism amid protests
As protests rallying against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the United States, more and more cities have implemented curfews in an effort to keep violence from escalating.
Peaceful protests that emerged following the death of George Floyd have taken a turn in cities like New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, with reports of arrests, lootings, burning buildings and vandalism continuing through the week and into the weekend.
Monday night marked the seventh straight night of violence in the protests, which come after the May 25 death of Floyd, 46, who died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been arrested for third-degree murder, knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes despite Floyd’s cries for help.
See below for a list of cities that have implemented curfews.
Atlanta's curfew was issued on Saturday by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and required all residents off the streets by 9 p.m. ET.
The city of Chicago has a curfew in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. CT until further notice, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
“I am still mourning the death of George Floyd, as so many of us are. I am still processing the pain from that injustice, even as we’ve turned our focus to confronting what happened last night . . . And I know so many of you are as well,” she wrote via Twitter on Sunday. "And that’s also why I am hurt and angry at those who decided to try hijack this moment and use it as an opportunity to bring havoc . . . to loot and destroy... You should be ashamed of yourselves. What you have done is a dishonor to our city . . . and its long and proud legacy as a leader of bold and vibrant peaceful protest."
The city of Cleveland is under curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET until Friday, June 5, according to Cleveland 19 News.
Dallas is under curfew “for the next several days” from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. CT, and businesses are encouraged to close at 5 p.m. CT, according to the Dallas Police Department.
“Enough. The looting, vandalism, and violence must stop. Dallas deserves better than this,” Mayor Eric Johnson wrote via Twitter on Saturday.
The city of Denver has extended its daily 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until Friday, June 5, according to the Denver Police Department.
Violators face fines of up to $999, and/or imprisonment for up to 300 days, according to police.
A countywide curfew in Los Angeles was in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. PT until Tuesday, although an extension has yet to be announced. Anyone caught violating curfew is subject to fines of up to $1,000 and/or up to six months behind bars.
Beverly Hills, meanwhile, has implemented a citywide curfew from Tuesday at 1 p.m. until Wednesday, June 3 at 5:30 a.m PT.
Louisville's daily 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. curfew has been extended through Monday, June 8, Mayor Greg Fischer said on Monday.
Louisville is where 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her apartment by Louisville Metro police on March 13.
The city in which Floyd was killed, as well as Saint Paul, was initially under curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. CT, though Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday the times would be 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. CT until Wednesday.
Anyone who violates curfew is “guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days,” according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
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After weighing the possibility of setting a curfew over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said that one would take effect starting Monday night, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. ET Tuesday morning.
But after Monday night's protests continued to turn violent at times, the mayor announced on Twitter that the curfew would extend to Tuesday and begin at 8 p.m.
"We support peaceful protest in this city. But right now it’s time to go home," de Blasio wrote. "Some people are out tonight not to protest but to destroy property and hurt others — and those people are being arrested. Their actions are unacceptable and we won't allow them in our city."
Police presence has also been doubled across the city.
The city of Philadelphia's curfew was in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET until Tuesday morning, according to an executive order from Mayor James Kenney. A extension on the curfew has yet to be announced.
Kenney said that the curfew was necessary to "protect the City and its residents from severe endangerment and harm to their health, safety and property," and that failure to comply would "result in orders to disburse, and the imposition of penalties, fines, or criminal charges for failure to obey orders of the police."
Following chaos in cities like Phoenix, Tucson and Scottsdale, Gov. Doug Ducey issued a curfew for the entire state of Arizona from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. MT that will last for at least one week through the morning of June 8.
Violators face up to six months in jail and/or a fine of $2,500.
Raleigh is under curfew indefinitely from 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. ET. Those found violating the curfew will be charged with a misdemeanor and "heavy fine," Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said in a press release.
“By setting a curfew, my hope is that this will allow our community to pause, collect ourselves, begin to repair the damage and turn our focus to the important work of finding connection and commonality,” Baldwin said.
The city is under curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. PT until further notice in an effort to stop "looting and vandalism," San Francisco Police Department Chief Bill Scott said. He added that the SFPD made approximately 80 arrests as of Sunday evening for curfew violations, and would continue to do so.
"People are hurting right now. They're angry. I'm angry," Mayor London Breed wrote on Twitter Sunday. "The City and the police will support peaceful protests, as we did all day today. We can't tolerate violence and vandalism. Now is the time to go home."
Seattle's curfew took place on 6 p.m. PT Monday night to Tuesday at 5 a.m. PT, though it remains unclear if the order will be extended any further. Punishments included a fine no more than $500, and/or imprisonment for no more than 180 days, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan said.
“I want to acknowledge that much of the violence and destruction, both here in Seattle and across the country, has been instigated and perpetuated by white men,” Durkan wrote on Twitter. “These individuals experience the height of privilege and are co-opting peaceful demonstrations that were organized by and meant to center people of color, particularly Black Americans.”
After the city experienced "significant damage" during protests over the weekend, Mayor Muriel Bowser extended the curfew for two days, beginning Monday night at 7 p.m. ET.
"We want your voices to be heard, but we also want to protect the safety of everyone in our city," she said at a press conference.
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