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Colorado Springs mayor enacts 10 p.m. curfew in response to violent protests

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Mayor John Suthers says Colorado Springs has enacted a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in response to protests that have turned violent in recent days.

Suthers is providing comment Wednesday on the protests that have taken place in Colorado Springs over the past five days in the wake of George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis.

Watch below starting around 11:30 a.m.:

Suthers said protests have resulted in thousands of dollars in damage, including $5000 damage to an armored vehicle windshield, damage to CSPD police vehicles, 14 windows broken at the county courthouse and 75 locations with graffiti.

"I do think [the curfew is] in the interest of public safety and the safety of officers, protesters and property owners," Suthers said.

He explains the curfew is a results of violent confrontations between demonstrators and police over the last few nights in Colorado Springs.

"We've had crowds attempt to breach barricades. We've had rocks, bricks, bottles and firecrackers thrown at police officers not only endangering them but also members of the crowd," the Mayor said.

Colorado Springs officers will enforce the curfew. It is in effect until 5 a.m. Monday but could be extended, the mayor said.

While he hopes people comply he says, "we're not naive about it obviously Denver has had a curfew, a system I think in some respect giving a message to peaceful protestors that want to be peaceful, that want to be involved."

Some protestors didn't like hearing they'd have a deadline.

"We don't get to decide that your rights stop at this time on this day, at any point in time, we should be able to voice our opinion," said Brandon Williams.

Others like Alexandra Messitidis she comes during the day hoping her message isn't misconstrued.

"A lot of me and my friends come out during the daylight, so people can see us," she explains, "I think when it comes to people at night, people like to hide a bit and things are put to the side."

Emergency personnel, media members, and military members are exempt from the curfew.

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19 Comments

  1. Leave it to the Nazi’s that run this town to do this. That police chief is a pompous ass and the mayor is just a plain moron.Now you know why we protest. Hopefully the lawmakers pass the bill to limit power of the police.

    1. you protest because you have nothing better to do, and i’m guessing you have no respect for yourself or anyone else and their property. That most have been left out in your life learning lessons. For all rioters and looters they should get a mandatory 10 yrs in jail if not more.

    1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      Where does it say riot,loot, destroy, attack people trying to protect their businesses, KILL or overthrow Gov. Local and Federal?
      Did I miss something???
      Show me if you see something different. I doubt you will.

  2. If I refused to stay home due to a virus, I sure won’t be staying home due to children throwing tantrums like a bunch of attentionwhores.

  3. “Emergency personnel, media members, and military members are exempt.”

    What about others who work nights and need to be on the streets during the hours of the curfew?

  4. What the city and the governor is saying, it’s ok to destroy other people’s property because your anger is justified.

    1. You can assemble if you are an angry mob of hundreds, but our childs educational camp was cancelled! 15 kids!

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