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Leon County curfew effective until 6 a.m. Monday morning

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Published: May. 30, 2020 at 10:19 PM EDT
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By: Monica Casey | WCTV Eyewitness News

May 30, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — A curfew is still in place for Leon County, effective at 11 p.m. It is scheduled to expire Monday, June 1st at 6 a.m.

The curfew was issued Saturday, May 30th.

According to a press release from Leon County, the curfew was requested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office, the City of Tallahassee, and the State Attorney's Office.

The press release outlines exceptions to the curfew, including traveling to and from work, seeking healthcare or emergency veterinary care, or walking a pet on their premises.

Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge is quoted in the press release.

"While we respect the right of individuals to peacefully protest, our first obligation is to ensure the safety of our community," said Chairman Desloge.

The proclamation declares a State of Emergency in Leon County, saying the curfew is related to civil unrest.

It details the hundreds of local protestors participating in a National Day of Protest, and says that while the protest was mostly peaceful, "some some of the protestors have damaged private businesses in the downtown Tallahassee area and otherwise damaged government property in a manner that is not consistent with the intent of the National Day of Protest event."

The proclamation says additional threats of damage to businesses have been posted on social media, and that social media "is being used to incite additional and continuing damage and criminal activity."

A PDF file of the state of emergency proclamation has been attached to this article. Desktop viewers can find the attachment at the top right section of the page, while mobile viewers can find it at the bottom.

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