Allen G. Brad
The mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina, announced a citywide curfew Friday afternoon, following two planned protests against racial justice and police brutality.
Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin announced that the curfew will start at 10 pm and last until 5 am on Saturday, citing the desire to maintain control of demonstrations. The curfew does not apply to law enforcement personnel, medical personnel, delivery personnel and the media.
The protest took place a few days after the fatal police shot and killed a 27-year-old black man, Walter Wallace Jr. In Philadelphia. When his family called it a mental health incident, the police shot him to death while he was holding a knife.
This year, several black men and policemen were shot and killed, causing police brutality demonstrations across the country. Some protests that started peacefully turned into violence.
Baldwin said this was the case in Raleigh, North Carolina, after protesting the killing of George Floyd in the Minneapolis police detention facility.
Her emergency statement on Friday stated that these demonstrations had caused the city to suffer “significant property damage.”
The statement went on to say: “In recent days, incidents related to protests in other cities across the country have resulted in the destruction and violence of property in these jurisdictions.”
After Wallace’s death, following night protests this week, Philadelphia reported robbery and property destruction.
@maryannbaldwin imposed a curfew again to further criminalize dissent and homelessness, and tried to defend RPD’s brutal suppression of protesters.
Since August, every protest in Raleigh has been accompanied by a curfew. https://t.co/RoPnE6v0Ps
-Smash Racism Raleigh (@SmashRacism919) October 30, 2020
“This is a difficult time in our history. It will make us all work together, listen to each other, and deliberately seek contact, if we really want to stand out in these difficult times and become a better person and a better Raleigh. “, Baldwin wrote in the statement.
Baldwin’s decision to impose a curfew was criticized by social media because at least one anti-racist organization, Smash Racism Raleigh, said in a tweet that the decision was “further criminalizing dissidents “.