Updated: May 30, 2020 10:44 PM
Created: May 30, 2020 03:16 PM
(ABC 6 News) - UPDATE: Mayor Kim Norton says she signed a curfew declaration for downtown Rochester to protect businesses in case of potential riots Saturday afternoon.
"It really is an abundance of caution, it's about protecting the people that live in this community from outside influence that might hurt them or our community,” Mayor Kim Norton said. “And to be honest we're getting ready to open up downtown businesses for the first time. Restaurants and bars tomorrow and the last thing we need is to have businesses damaged after all they've been through trying to get their doors open."
Under the curfew no one is allowed inside the downtown boundary, on any public street, sidewalk path or public place.
The curfew includes the Mayo Clinic, most of downtown Broadway, the mayo civic center and the government buildings.
"This really is about just being overly cautious for one day,” Mayor Norton said. “I'm hoping more action will be taken in Minneapolis and Saint Paul and that will help alleviate some of the anger about not getting justice."
A few hours after the order was signed, The Olmsted County Sheriff's office released a video talking about building trust and public safety. But, nothing specific on how the curfew will be enforced.
"The Rochester Police Department strives daily to build trust with this first class community that we serve and we will continue to serve at the highest possible level with public safety at mind," Jim Franklin, Rochester Police Chief said.
Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson was also on that video, asking for peace.
"Our ask again is what we've been doing all along is to continue to remain peaceful, continue to support our local businesses and protect them in every way possible,” Sheriff Torgerson said. “Let's just remain hopeful and helpful so that we can all get through this together."
Mayor Norton, Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin and Sheriff Torgerson have released a joint statement on the Rochester curfew.
UPDATE: The City of Rochester announced a curfew will begin at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 through 5:00 a.m. Sunday.
The city says during the curfew curfew no travel is allowed in the downtown boundary, any public street, sidewalk, path or any public place.
“We have and will continue to support the peaceful protest of our community. I ask for the community’s cooperation and support in following the curfew,” said Mayor Kim Norton. “Plan to stay safely at home tonight with your families and loved ones.”
Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin stated, “We thank the peaceful protestors, who have been the majority the past two days. This curfew is being implemented out of an abundance of caution. Our number one priority is protecting and serving our residents and locally owned small businesses. We thank the Rochester community for their support in following this direction of the Mayor.”
All law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, as well as other personnel authorized by the City of Rochester, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota State Patrol or Minnesota National Guard, are exempt from the curfew. Individuals seeking emergency care or fleeing dangerous circumstances are also exempt.
A Rochester City Council member has tweeted saying a curfew will be instituted a curfew Saturday night.
ABC 6 News has reached out to Mayor Norton's office for confirmation. A press release is expected to be released with further details.
This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it becomes available.
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