Raleigh mayor keeps curfew for 4th night

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh’s mayor is keeping the city’s curfew in place for a fourth night.

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Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin enacted the curfew on Monday after weekend protests led to violence and destruction across downtown and other parts of the city.

The protests stem from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Four now-former police officers have been charged in his death.

Despite a total of eight arrests being made in connection with the curfew – six on the first night alone – protests amid the curfew were peaceful across the city.

Thursday’s curfew will run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“With this change, we hope to allow restaurants and other small businesses throughout the city more time to serve their customers while providing our community more time to engage in a peaceful way. And speaking of our restaurants and small businesses, we feel your pain. We will continue to work with our business alliances to proactively address issues and find ways to support your continued success,” Baldwin said.

More information on the curfew can be found here.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown spoke with protesters Wednesday night in downtown.

At 10 p.m., she took questions and told protesters the department would meet with them.

“We hear them, but violating the curfew doesn’t fix the issue either and at some point, there’s got to be that effort to make that difference. We have to,” Deck-Brown said.

The ACLU of North Carolina is raising concerns about Raleigh and other cities enacting city-wide curfews.

“It really needs to be limited to the specific parts of the city where there’s an imminent threat of danger or harm,” said Ann Webb, senior policy council for the ACLU of North Carolina. “The curfews are a really an extreme response to the First Amendment activity that has been taking place. And, we’re especially concerned about the fact that there are no set end dates.”

In Charlotte, Mayor Vi Lyles said while a curfew remains an option, it’s not something she supports enacting now.

“I do believe deeply that people ought to be able to protest. I think they ought to be able to protest within the law. And, I think that a curfew limits that right,” Vi Lyles said.

 Baldwin has not indicated for how many more days the curfew will last.

“I fully understand that living with a curfew is not the long-term solution, but it has allowed our community to pause and focus on hearing people’s legitimate concerns,” Baldwin said in a statement on Thursday.

The City Council will hold a special meeting virtually Thursday at 7 p.m.

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