Akron imposes nightly curfew for downtown after unrest at Jayland Walker protests
AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) – The city of Akron has declared a nightly curfew for the downtown area following civil unrest at the Jayland Walker protests.
The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice, according to a news release.
While protests for Walker have remained mostly peaceful, honoring his family’s wishes, there was civil unrest late Sunday after the body cam video output.
In addition to the curfew announcement, Mayor Dan Horrigan issued the following statement:
“Early yesterday we had several peaceful protests in the downtown footprint related to the shooting involving a Jayland Walker officer. These protests did not escalate into violence and destruction. First I want to thank them. As I said yesterday, I fully support the right of our residents to peaceful assembly. What we have been calling for from the beginning, and what the Walker family and many community leaders and religious leaders have also urged, is peace. However, as night fell and more began to join, the protests were no longer peaceful. Significant property damage was caused in downtown Akron. Small businesses up and down Main Street had their windows smashed. We cannot and will not tolerate the destruction of property or violence. In light of the damage that has occurred and in order to preserve peace in our community, I have declared a state of emergency, implemented a curfew and canceled the fireworks that were scheduled for this evening.
Below is a map of the restricted area:
According to the statement, exceptions are available for law enforcement, fire and medical personnel as well as members of the media.
Also expected are those traveling directly between work and home, those traveling for medical care and those fleeing dangerous circumstances, city officials said in the statement.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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