Curfews take effect across Minneapolis and St. Paul

Protest George Floyd, National Guard.
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City wide curfews prohibit travel and gathering on streets or public places, starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday night and ending at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The curfews come as an attempt to curb violence across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Those found in violation of the curfew face a misdemeanor offense, up to 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine. 

Emergency responders, reporters, people travelling to and from work, seeking medical care, fleeing danger or those who are homeless will be exempted from the curfew. 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter implemented curfews in their respective cities, and Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order shortly thereafter. “It’s time to rebuild our community, and that starts with safety in our streets,” Gov. Walz said in a news release. 

The curfews will take place again Saturday night through Sunday morning.RELATED: Cop who knelt on George Floyd's neck charged with murder. Protestors appear to be clearing from around the 3rd precinct:

Protesters around Third Precinct have largely dispersed. Tear gas started before 8 p.m. curfew. And the protest had been mostly peaceful for the last couple hours, until a smaller group approached officers from behind and pelted them with some objects.

— Ryan Faircloth (@RyanFaircloth) May 30, 2020

But they don’t appear to be clearing everywhere:

Protest crowd is advancing after one of the riot police units down the block appeared to retreat. A half hour past the 8PM curfew and people don’t seem to plan on dispersing.

— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) May 30, 2020 Especially on Lake Street:

No sign of police or national guard as this crowd just grew into thousands and is now marching west on Lake Street.

— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) May 30, 2020