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Nighttime citywide curfew now in effect for Colorado Springs

Protesters blocking traffic in front of City Hall.
Posted at 6:44 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 01:01:04-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Editor's note: Social media videos featured in this article are from live events amid protesters using strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.

The death of George Floyd, an African American man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis while in police custody, has sparked unrest nationwide about police brutality. Cities across the country and here in Colorado are anticipating protesters again Wednesday.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers has signed an emergency proclamation establishing a citywide curfew from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. each night from Wednesday, June 3, through Monday morning June 8.

News5 will continue to follow the protest locally and provide the latest information here:

10:30 | Protesters still out

A News 5 crew following the protest downtown reports that protesters are still out. Some first responders, including medical personnel, were seen attending to someone in Acacia Park, but outside of that, they do not report seeing many if any law enforcement officers.

10:08 p.m. | Announcement about curfew

A voice from the Colorado Springs Police Dept. came over a speaker stating the Mayor has issued a citywide emergency and a curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Protesters then left City Hall and began marching in the direction of Acacia park.

10 p.m. | Live stream from downtown Colorado Springs

The citywide curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

9:30 p.m. | Police tweet about protesters

Colorado Springs Police tweeted that they are hoping for a peaceful night. They said however they are receiving reports that protesters are donnning gas masks.

8:15 p.m. | Auto/pedestrian accident during protest

According to Colorado Springs Police, an auto/pedestrian accident happened Wednesday night during the protest.

CSPD said initial information is that the driver was stopped in traffic and was assaulted by protesters. When a protester jumped on the hood of the vehicle (a Jeep), the vehicle drove off, injuring the protester. CSPD said the protester has an injured shoulder. Police are in contact with the driver of the vehicle as well. The department also said it is still early in the investigation.

7:00 p.m. | Protesters block traffic downtown

Around 7 p.m., the group of protesters spilled out into the street in front of City Hall and are blocking traffic on northbound Nevada Ave.

Protesters were not blocking traffic long before they began to march again.

4:45 p.m. | Moment of silence

Protesters in Colorado Springs held a moment of silence for George Floyd.

Much of the crowd dropped to a knee and an 8-minute moment of silence was held for Floyd.

2:00 p.m. | CSPD issues 3-part tweet addressing "misinformation regarding protests"Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Springs Police Department issued a three-part tweet addressing "misinformation regarding protests in Colorado Springs."

The tweets say that over the last few days the department has seen a lot misinformation regarding the protests in Colorado Springs and seek to provide clarification.

The tweets go on to say that no officers have been suspended for kneeling. No CSPD officer has shot any protester. Only less lethal tactics have been used. Also, lawful orders to disperse have been given only after the protests reached a violent level.

The last tweet in the thread provides a link to information on the department's use of force policies and procedures. That information can be found here.

11:30 a.m.| Citywide curfew now in effect for Colorado Springs from 10pm-5am

Mayor John Suthers discusses the severity of ongoing protests and implements a curfew beginning Wednesday.

Due to significant property and vehicle damage, in addition to 75 locations where the city has had to clean up graffiti, Suthers has put a curfew in place beginning tonight. The curfew begins at 10 p.m. and last until 5 a.m. citywide, and will be in effect until Monday morning at 5 a.m.

The Mayor is thankful for the peaceful day-time protests, however, during the evening, rocks, bricks, bottles, and firecrackers have been thrown. Suthers encourages those to exercise their First Amendment Right, but in a peaceful manner. The destruction and vandalism has cost the city tens of thousands of dollars thus far, and will need to be reimbursed at the tax payers' expense.

If crowds continue to congregate in violation of curfew, police will appropriately disperse the crowd.

"Be as responsible as possible. We are not doing this to discourage protests."

Acknowledging that Denver's curfew did not work as effectively, the Mayor intended to hold off on putting a curfew on Colorado Springs. The hope is to allow for peaceful protesting during the day.

10:35 a.m.| Protesters return outside of City Hall

8:00 a.m.| Protesters gather in Denver for 6th straight day, march through downtown

Thousands marched peacefully through downtown Denver for a sixth straight night on Tuesday, demanding justice for George Floyd, and the large crowd remained near the State Capitol as the citywide curfew went into effect at 9 p.m.

6:35 a.m.| CSPD Chief reviewing arrest after video circulates online

News5 received cell phone video Tuesday night from an individual who attended recent protests in Colorado Springs. What you see in the video is the arrest of a man standing in the street with his arms up. The individual who shot the video said she saw the violent take down happen after midnight, early Monday morning.

Monday's protest in Colorado Springs ended just before midnight after police declared it an unlawful assembly and used gas to disperse the crowds. For more information on Monday's protest, click here.

Tuesday's protest was declared an unlawful assembly around 10:40 p.m. A firework went off and much of the crowd scattered. For more information on Tuesday's protest, click here.

In the video you can see multiple officers take the man to the ground, cuff him, and then hit him multiple times while he is on the ground.

Protests on Tuesday night were ended by police as they deployed tear gas in response to protesters throwing objects in their direction.