UPDATE: Atlanta Mayor Bottoms extends nighttime curfew

WAOK Staff
May 30, 2020 - 7:21 pm
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UPDATE: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Sunday extended the city’s curfew, which will take effect at 9 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. Monday.

 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a curfew will begin in effect from 9pm Saturday to Sunrise Sunday following violence that erupted in the city during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  

The Mayor announced the curfew during a news conference Saturday evening. She called it a “very unusual and extreme step” after the violence that rocked Atlanta during Friday night.

Governor Kemp declared a state of emergency early Saturday to activate the state's National Guard as violence flared in Atlanta.

In Friday’s protests, some demonstrators smashed police cars and spray-painted the iconic logo sign at CNN headquarters downtown. Police say at least three officers were hurt and there were multiple arrests as protesters shot at officers with BB guns and threw bricks, bottles and knives. Atlanta officials said crews were temporarily unable to reach a fire at a restaurant because of crowds of protesters.