June 5, 2020

Indy Mayor To Reinstate Curfew Friday And Saturday

Protesters gathered in front of Central Library Wednesday, June 3 before marching through Indianapolis to Monument Circle. - Jill Sheridan/WFYI

Protesters gathered in front of Central Library Wednesday, June 3 before marching through Indianapolis to Monument Circle.

Jill Sheridan/WFYI

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has issued a new curfew order for Marion County that will be in effect Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

In a statement announcing the curfew Hogsett said:

“We are closely monitoring planned events in Indianapolis, in order to ensure the safety of the protestors, residents, and area businesses. It’s clear the weekend provides residents greater opportunities to make their voices heard. These protestors should be applauded for their commitment and advocacy and it is my hope that the curfew will ensure the types of peaceful evenings we have experienced over the last several days. My thanks go out to the many Marion County residents who are prioritizing the safety of themselves and others, as well as members of law enforcement who help ensure that people can exercise their first amendment right.”

During the curfew, travel on public streets or be in public places in Marion County. Exceptions to the order include individuals traveling directly to or from work, seeking medical care, or fleeing from dangerous circumstances; law enforcement; members of the news media; federal, state, or local public officials conducting necessary work; and individuals experiencing homelessness. An additional exception for election-related activities has been added to the executive order.

Violation of the curfew order is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fines worth up to $10,000.

Hogsett issued the first curfew order on Sunday, May 31 following two consecutive nights of violence that overshadowed peaceful protests that had occurred earlier in the day calling for an end to police brutality and racial injustice. The curfew was then extended to Monday and Tuesday nights. Protests in Indianapolis during the five nights since the initial unrest have been peaceful. 

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