COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Mayor John Suthers has declared an emergency nighttime curfew for all public places within Colorado Springs city limits. The curfew will be enforced from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. each night beginning Wednesday, June 3, and ending at 5 a.m., Monday, June 8, 2020 unless otherwise extended. Travel for essential activities necessary for health and safety is permitted. Employees who need to travel to and from work are exempt as are emergency responders and credentialed members of the media.
The curfew is being enacted in response to the immediate threat to the public health, safety and welfare within the City due to ongoing unrest in the late night and early morning hours that has followed lawful protests occurring earlier each day related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The curfew is intended to reduce criminal activity including destruction of public and private property as well as threats to life safety.
“First, I again want to recognize the people of Colorado Springs who, for the most part, have exercised their first Amendment rights peacefully and effectively in daily protests. We all feel the weight and the tragedy of the death of George Floyd, and we hear the calls for change from protesters,” said Suthers. “Our police department continues to engage with members of the community to further understand their viewpoints and experiences and conduct ongoing productive conversation.
Unfortunately, as darkness falls, we have seen these protests deteriorate into violence and damage, and this poses a risk to both the public and to our Police Officers. We had hoped not to get to this point, but in the interest of public safety, we are implementing a temporary curfew. Our city will continue to diligently protect citizens’ rights to free speech, but it will in no way tolerate unlawful, violent or destructive behavior.”
Civil and criminal disturbances have included physical damage to public buildings, private vehicles and other private property; the launch of projectiles, flares and large fireworks at vehicles and law enforcement personnel; the theft of construction materials; damage to other public property; and large scale graffiti on a variety of surfaces. Estimated damage is in the tens of thousands of dollars.
During the hours of the curfew, all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling or being present on any public street or in any public place, including for the purpose of travel.
Exemptions also exist for those traveling to and from the Colorado Springs Airport or any federal installation, those fleeing dangerous circumstances or those experiencing homelessness.
Provisions of the curfew and exceptions are listed at www.ColoradoSprings.gov/Curfew.
Anyone caught violating this regulation may be subject to the general penalty set forth in the City Code, with a fine not to exceed $2,500, imprisonment in jail not exceeding 189 days, or a combination thereof. Officers will enforce this curfew citywide.