Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has ordered a curfew to begin at 9:00 p.m. Today, Saturday, and which will culminate in the early hours of Sunday, as a mechanism to control the episodes of violence that have been reported in some of the protests for the death of George Floyd at the hands of agent Derek Chauvin.
For his part, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to assist in the pacification process.
Atlanta joined Minneapolis, Portland, Louisville, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Columbus, Ohio, whose governors and mayors also enacted curfews to try to restore order to protests that, in some cases, have turned violent.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the curfew will run from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. local time, while Philadelphia executive Jim Kenney implemented the curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. In Columbus, Ohio, the curfew will last from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.
Floyd passed away after being arrested in Minneapolis for allegedly paying with a fake $ 20.00 bill at a store. During the process of handcuffing him, Chauvin kept one of his knees on the victim’s neck for almost eight minutes and ignored his pleas that he could not breathe.
The Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office arrested Chauvin on Friday and filed one count of third-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter.