Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announces curfew for city as unrest continues

84 people arrested while protesting Saturday night in Detroit

DETROIT – Mayor Mike Duggan announced a curfew for the city of Detroit that begins this evening from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., adding that it doesn’t apply to people going to or from work.

“I have issued an order and as of this evening there will be a curfew in the city of Detroit at 8 p.m. It will go from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and throughout the city, people cannot be on public streets or in public areas,” said Duggan.

The announcement was made during a press conference Sunday while Duggan and police chief James Craig were providing an update regarding the recent unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd.

“If you come to Detroit and commit criminal acts, you will be arrested,” said Craig speaking at the press conference Sunday.

Demonstrators plan to protest at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters beginning 4 p.m. Sunday.

“If you are worried about how to get to or from your job tonight DDOT buses will still be running,”said Duggan.

On Friday and Saturday the majority of protesters participating in demonstrations were from cities outside Detroit.

On Friday night 60 people were arrested while protesting in Downtown Detroit. That number increased to 84 arrests Saturday night. Duggan and Craig also addressed the unrest Saturday at a press conference.

Duggan says he was forced to act and implement the curfew as he witnessed higher numbers of protestors coming in from outside the city.

Rev. Wendell Anthony, head of the Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Maurice Hardwick with Live in Peace Movement also spoke at Sunday’s press conference.

Craig says based on information from an investigation it is still uncertain whether the death of a 21-year-old man killed Friday night was related to the protests.

View the full executive order from Mayor Duggan below.

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Natasha Dado is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit.