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Duluth police thank community for cooperation Sunday night; no curfew Monday

Brandon Weathers
Updated: June 01, 2020 10:54 PM

Mayor Emily Larson and Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken thanked the community for their partnership in Sunday night's protests. They announced that a curfew will not be enforced Monday night. Mayor Larson said they may revisit a curfew moving forward, but they don't expect that to be necessary.

In approaching Sunday night's protests, Chief Tusken said the police department was prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. He said that the protests fit the best case scenario thanks to the community, though it didn't come without incidents throughout the day.

In the 24 hours between 6:30 AM Sunday and 6:30 AM Monday, Duluth police responded to 394 calls. There were six adults arrested and one juvenile arrested. 15 citations were written, three of which were curfew violations.

As for damage, Tusken said there were three dumpster fires which the Duluth Fire Department put out quickly.

More than 150 DPD officers were on duty Sunday night in addition to assistance from St. Louis County and Superior Police. Tusken said the presence was not only to ensure safety and security, it was also an opportunity for officers to engage with the community.

Tusken said, "In one case we were throwing footballs with neighbor kids. It was an opportunity for us to be out, be present, have people have a sense of safety, answer questions, be available to our community."

Tusken said their plan is to have substantial police presence again Monday night as the continue to hope for the best while being prepared for the worst.

"I hope that the outcome of this is substantial change. We can't just be angry for now and then go back to the old ways. We have to move forward, we have to be better, we have to find equality for everyone, we have to be just a better people moving forward. We can't forget this. George Floyd shouldn't have died in vain," Chief Tusken said.

From what police can tell, the protesters were largely local, not people who drove up from the Twin Cities. Mayor Larson stressed the importance of recognizing this and the hurt here at home. She said, "That anger is this community, and so is the beautiful parts of the healing and the hard work that is to come."

Moving forward, Chief Tusken said the DPD will continue providing officers with cutting edge fair and impartial policing training. Ultimately, Tusken said groups who feel marginalized by police need to have their voices heard, and he plans to provide them that opportunity.

"We have to have some level of actual intentional healing. It can't be something that two weeks from now we say, 'well that's over, we're going to move on in life.' We need to be committed to this," Tusken said.


Brandon Weathers

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