FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Over the course of the last few days, many municipalities in Northern Illinois have seen demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In a few instances, violent individuals appear to be exploiting these peaceful demonstrations in the evening hours.
As a result, the Freeport Police Department responded to multiple acts of property damage and violence this past weekend.
As a precaution, and at the suggestion of law enforcement, Mayor Jodi Miller has declared a State of Emergency and has imposed a City-wide curfew for the following dates and times;
- Friday, June 5, 2020 from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am,
- Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am,
- Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am.
This curfew will be enforced by the Freeport Police Department with exceptions made for those traveling to and from work, seeking medical care, or fleeing from dangerous circumstances; law enforcement; members of the news media; federal, state, or local public officials conducting necessary work; are also exempt.
Those violating the curfew order will be prosecuted.
“I continue urging our citizens to voice their thoughts and opinions in a safe and peaceful manner. While we appreciate peaceful protests, we also want to ensure the safety of our citizens and business owners. As a nation, we are facing very difficult realities and important conversations, now is when we need to come together as a community and care for one another.” said Mayor Jodi Miller.
This curfew will expire Monday morning, June 8 at 4:00 a.m. unless a further extension is deemed necessary.