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Duluth imposes Citywide Curfew

Duluth imposes Citywide Curfew

Updated: May 31, 2020 01:33 AM

The City of Duluth instituted a curfew beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday night amid continued national protests and a few incidents in Duluth.

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The curfew will be in place until 6 a.m. Sunday. Another curfew will be in place from 9 p.m. Sunday, May 31, until 6 a.m. Monday, June 1.

Mayor Emily Larson said part of the reason for imposing the curfew was news that the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial in downtown Duluth had been vandalized. The three black men were lynched in Duluth 100 years ago.

The memorial had been the site of a peaceful protest earlier Saturday. Later, some protesters also blocked I-35 south of downtown Duluth.

Larson said police are working to make arrests.

"We have heard the many rumors that I'm sure you have that people are coming up from the Twin Cities, that people are coming from other places to create that chaos. I want you to know that we are tracking every single one of those concerns that you have shared.  That we have staff on the team of the Duluth Police Department who only do that kind of tracking, who have been deeply embedded in this nonstop to ensure that our community is as safe as it can be.  The activity that we are seeing right now is not caravans of people coming from other places, and I want you to know that. There is activity happening and these are not all people that we know, but it is a small group, and our DPD is working to make arrests as appropriate and as possible, and to limit the chaos and confusion in our community," Larson said in a live video conference on Saturday night.

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