FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The city of Freeport has issued a press release stating that 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 in preparation for potential additional vandalism and violence, Mayor Jodi Miller has declared a State of Emergency and has imposed a City-wide curfew from 8:00 p.m. June 1, 2020 to 6:00a.m. June 2, 2020.
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.
“The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis was senseless and incredibly tragic. Our prayers are with his family and friends. As a society, we cannot tolerate racism and it is a very important time for people to be heard. The City of Freeport respects First Amendment rights. However, this must be done without bringing more pain and destruction to our City. Violence, looting and property destruction only causes more suffering. I urge our citizens to voice their thoughts in a safe and peaceful manner. 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 Tuesday morning,June 2ndat 6:00 a.m.unless a further extension is deemed necessary