City of Grand Rapids Will Not Extend Curfew
Following riots downtown Grand Rapids Saturday night, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss enacted a curfew 7p.m. to 5a.m. Sunday and Monday -- that curfew is no longer in effect.
Fox 17 reports that on Tuesday the City Commission chose not to extend the curfew. Although an extension through June 7 was recommended by City Manager Mark Washington, several commissioners opposed it.
Since Sunday, 21 people were arrested for violating the curfew.
The curfew lift means residents again can move freely throughout the community at all times and resume their everyday lives.
According to a Facebook post from the City of Grand Rapids, the civil emergency has also expired and the National Guard are moving out of the city.
City Manager Mark Washington thanked the community for its partnership during the curfew and said he hoped the planned protests this week remained peaceful:
“We need to make sure we are not perpetuating violence. As a community, we need to address co-opted violent takeovers of peaceful demonstrations. Our concern is not just about property damage – it’s about the damage to our psyche and to our morale. We have physical damage and we have social damage.”