Denver extends curfew in response to protests

170 arrested after curfew Sunday

Protesters calling for police accountability in the wake of George Floyd’s death march along Emerson Street on Sunday, May 31, near downtown Denver, after the city's 8 p.m. curfew went into effect. (Photo by Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)
Protesters calling for police accountability in the wake of George Floyd’s death march along Emerson Street on Sunday, May 31, near downtown Denver, after the city's 8 p.m. curfew went into effect. (Photo by Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Monday that the weekend curfew aimed at dispersing protests against police brutality will be extended throughout the week.

On Twitter, the mayor said the curfew would begin at 9 p.m. Monday and run through Friday morning. Over the weekend, the curfew had started at 8 p.m.

“I don’t think we had an option but to extend the curfew,” Hancock told Colorado Matters. “We’re working on what those parameters of that curfew will be.”

Hancock called the curfew an important tool for law enforcement.

Demonstrators are expected to gather Monday night at 5 p.m. for the fifth day of protests. They began after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody.

Read more of the story on Colorado Public Radio

Natalia joined Colorado Public Radio in 2018 as the morning general assignment reporter. She came to CPR after working as a freelance reporter in Tucson, Arizona, where her reporting was predominantly featured in the Arizona Daily Star.

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