Denver extends curfew through Friday morning due to violent Floyd protests
The City of Denver is bracing for the more nights of protests tied to the death of George Floyd. In an attempt to deter violence and rioting, Denver's mayor announced a curfew on Saturday and the governor activated the Colorado National Guard for support. On Monday, the mayor extended the city's protest through Friday morning.
Gov. Jared Polis sent out the following statement on Saturday:
Denver's mayor extended the curfew of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through June 4 into the morning of June 5.
“We had hoped that we would not have to take these steps. But the aggressive and dangerous actions taken by some individuals and groups under the cover of darkness has made it necessary,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said when he first put the curfew in place.
The white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with murder, and crowds broke overnight curfews imposed to try to stem violent protests over police killings of African Americans that have spread to cities across the U.S. Floyd died on May 25.