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Mayor Hancock Responds to Recent Destruction

City and County of Denver Enacts Curfew, Emergency Declaration to Curb Overnight Mayhem

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced today a citywide curfew starting at 8 p.m. tonight and the deployment of the Colorado National Guard to help protect people and property following two consecutive nights of destructive disturbances.

Many downtown buildings and property suffered significant damage overnight, including graffiti, vandalism and scores of broken windows. Police officers and civilians were injured as a result of agitators inciting violence. The Denver Police Department (DPD) has made 34 arrests over the past two nights.

Due to the dangerous and destructive actions of some individuals during two consecutive nights of demonstrations, Mayor Hancock has ordered a citywide curfew for Denver from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., overnight, on Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31.

“What happened in our city last night – a city we love, a city we are still working to keep safe from a pandemic –was reckless, inexcusable and unacceptable,” Mayor Hancock said. “We cannot and we will not continue to put the lives of residents, peaceful protesters and law enforcement at risk. We are taking additional steps to help keep people safe and protect public and private property in Denver.”

In addition to the curfew, the Mayor has issued an emergency declaration and the city has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help manage and support the response to civil disturbances related to George Floyd protests in the downtown area. The city also has requested and received support from neighboring jurisdictions, and Gov. Jared Polis has granted Mayor Hancock’s request to deploy the Colorado National Guard to assist with the protection of people, property, buildings and infrastructure.

“Last night, agitators brought crowbars, baseball bats, assault rifles, hand guns, and improvised flash bangs, which were thrown at police officers and protestors,” Police Chief Paul Pazen said. “These actions were taken by individuals who have decided they won’t comply with requests for peaceful marches. It is my responsibility, along with Mayor Hancock’s and the entire City & County of Denver, to ensure everyone’s safety in our community.

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