Philadelphia issues citywide curfew

Joanna Estrada
June 1, 2020

The second night of Philadelphia's citywide curfew, originally scheduled to take effect at 8 p.m. Sunday, will now begin at 6 p.m, the City of Philadelphia tweeted Sunday afternoon.

"Only persons with essential duties will be permitted outdoors", police said in a Twitter post as the mayor and police commissioner were to speak later.

"Deeply saddened by the destruction we saw last night in Center City".

During the protests, a state police vehicle could be seen on fire nearby; it wasn't immediately clear how the blaze started and police didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Public busses were suspended until further notice.

"Law & Order in Philadelphia, NOW!"

In the meantime, several stores were looted in Center City, Philadelphia's main business district.

WCAU-TV showed live aerial shots for more than an hour Sunday afternoon of people running from store to store in strip malls in northeast Philadelphia's Port Richmond section, emerging with armfuls of merchandise as police units tried to keep up. He called for the National Guard to be deployed.

Randy Padfield, director for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said earlier Sunday that the National Guard are on on standby if its assistance is needed.

Police used batons to drive the crowd away from City Hall, where the violence erupted after some of the protesters threw glass bottles and metal barricades at SWAT officers, according to local media. His 10-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) bronze statue outside the Municipal Services Building, across from City Hall, has been defaced before and was to be moved next year.

People gather along the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum during a Justice for George Floyd protest, Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Philadelphia.

The curfew followed a day of protests throughout Center City on Saturday over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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