A curfew has been issued for Oklahoma City Sunday night as protests continue in downtown OKC.
The curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. between Northwest 4th Street on the north, Harvey Avenue on the east, Sheridan Avenue on the south and Classen Boulevard on the west.
Mayor David Holt signed a state of emergency proclamation as peaceful protests turned violent.
The protests were declared an unlawful assembly late Sunday night as some protesters started throwing fireworks in the area and police said objects were thrown at officers.
“There are very important issues that we as a city and a nation should confront, and all daytime protests this weekend raising these issues have been peaceful,” said Mayor Holt. “However, we learned last night that things can change after dark. After 9 p.m. tonight, and after a very healthy dialogue between police and protestors the last few hours outside our police headquarters, protestors began launching fireworks and objects at police officers who were merely standing outside the headquarters. On the request of the Chief of Police and the City Manager, I am providing law enforcement with a tool they need to ensure public safety overnight in downtown. I am proclaiming a state of emergency and instituting a curfew for parts of downtown that will commence at 10 p.m.”
According to the news release, no one is allowed on public property or vacant premises in the curfew area, except for public safety services, during curfew hours.