Colorado Springs mayor issues citywide curfew in response to protests

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers has issued a citywide curfew in response to recent protests.

The curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., starting Wednesday night. It’s set to end Monday morning, but could be extended.

The curfew comes after four days of protests in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Suthers said that while the daytime protests have been peaceful, demonstrations have turned more destructive at night.

“Particularly during the daylight hours, folks have been well-organized, have been very peaceful, have been very cooperative with the police trying to get them through intersections and things like that,” Suthers said.

“Unfortunately, for several nights now, as the night goes forward and gets later, the tenor of the crowd, and I think in some respects the composition of the demonstrators, changes, and things have become more confrontational,” he said.

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Suthers cited tens of thousands of dollars of damage to city property, including broken windows, damage to police cars, broken floodlights, and 75 areas of graffiti. He also said rocks, bricks, bottles, and firecrackers have been thrown at police, and on Tuesday night, one officer was hit with a brick.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office say they do not have knowledge of any officer-involved shooting from the protests.

The below numbers reflect who were booked into the El Paso County Jail:

  • The night of 06/01/2020 there was a total of 18, arrests were from CSPD
  • The night of 06/02/2020 there was a total of 6, arrests were from CSPD
  • The night of 06/03/2020 there was a combined number of 17, arrests were from both EPSO and CSPD

The charges have varied:

  • Obstructing a Peace Officer or Fireman
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Reckless Driving
  • Careless Driving
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Criminal Mischief

There have been multiple agencies involved in the overall safety and security of downtown Colorado Springs including:

  • Colorado Springs Police Department
  • El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fountain Police Department
  • The Colorado State Patrol
  • Teller County Sheriff’s Office

The curfew applies to all public places in Colorado Springs. There are exceptions for:

  • All law enforcement, fire department officials, paramedics or other medical personnel, Colorado National Guard as well as any other emergency response personnel authorized by the City of Colorado Springs, and credentialed members of the news media.
  • Individuals traveling directly to and from work, traveling directly to and from the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport or any federal installations within and outside the City, seeking exempt care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, or experiencing homelessness.
  • Any person to whom permission by authorized City of Colorado Springs officials is specifically granted.

Suthers signed an order issuing the curfew Wednesday morning. He announced it at a press conference at 11:30 a.m.

Full text of the order:

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