Riot: Portland mayor imposes overnight curfew after looting
Mayor Ted Wheeler has responded to Friday night's widespread vandalism and violence by declaring a state of emergency and an overnight curfew.
Wheeler made the announcement early Saturday morning after hours of rioting and property destruction in different parts of town following peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd, an African American, in Minneapolis police custody.
The curfew was imposed for Friday night and lasted until 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 30. It will resume at 8 p.m. Saturday and last until 6 a.m. Sunday, May 31.
All travel is prohibited during the curfew. Violators are subject to arrest and a $500 fine.
"Demonstrators have gathered in many cities to protest Mr. Floyd's death," Wheeler said in the announcement. "Peaceful demonstrations are essential to our democratic system. Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activity, including arson, rioting, looting and damaging public and private property. These activities threaten the safety of lawful demonstrators, the surrounding communities, and first responders
Those exempt from the curfew include: all law enforcement, fire, medical personnel and members of the news media. Individuals traveling directly to and from work, seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances or experiencing homelessness also are exempt.
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management will send out a wireless emergency alert later on Saturday, reminding the community about the curfew. "We're asking to remind everyone that when the message is received, to please not call 911 unless someone is experiencing an actual emergency," said Timothy Becker, a spokesman for Mayor Wheeler.
You can read the declaration of the State of Emergency here.
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