Asheville mayor declares State of Emergency, issues curfew following protests

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Protests in Asheville, North Carolina, June 1, 2020 (WSPA Photo)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – The mayor of Asheville declared a city-wide State of Emergency and a curfew following two nights of protests in the city.

Mayor Esther Manheimer said she supports people’s right to demonstrate and express their anger, sadness and frustration, but she wants to ensure everyone is safe.

The curfew will begin Tuesday at 8 p.m. and remain in effect until further notice. It will run from 8 p.m to 6 a.m. each night.

The Asheville Police Department has requested assistance from the national guard ahead of any protests Tuesday.

Police said that tear gas and pepper balls will be deployed if any explosive devices are directed at law enforcement.

If anyone attempts to pick up or cover a tear gas canister, Asheville Police said law enforcement will fire additional tear gas and pepper balls.

Manheimer issued the following guidelines for the curfew:

  • Requires individual to remain at home with the exception of medical emergencies and acquiring goods or services that are necessary to sustain the well-being of themselves or their families;
  • Does not apply to medical professionals, public safety workers, medical or healthcare workers, military personnel, public transportation personnel, public utilities personnel, and media;
  • Restricts travel within the city limits of Asheville;
  • Violators will be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor

Click here to read Manheimer’s full statement.

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