There is an 8 pm curfew in my city that virtually no one is paying any attention to. A strip mall a block away got looted and torched two nights ago. There was a shooting three blocks from my residence along with a series of dumpster fires and window-smashing episodes. Last night, masked protesters were running up the street and through the alleyways. People were out drinking beer, riding bicycles, and walking dogs in the midst of it all. And all of this was taking place after curfew.
By Ben Kesslin
Curfews have been instituted around the country on Saturday as mass demonstrations broke out nationwide and cities braced for another night of protests.
A curfew went back in effect in Minneapolis on Saturday at 8 p.m. after the city braced for another night of unrest.
“By being out tonight & breaking the 8pm curfew, you are helping the people using crowds as cover to prey on Minneapolis & destroy community,” Mayor Jacob Frey wrote on twitter. The city was also under curfew on Friday night.
Frey said the governor has “fully mobilized” the Minnesota National Guard to respond to demonstrations in the city on Saturday. Violating curfew is punishable by up to a $1000 fine and 90 days in jail, the mayor’s emergency regulation said.