Cleveland’s curfew lifted on Friday morning following destructive protests

Cleveland’s curfew lifted on Friday morning following destructive protests
Cleveland police patrol the streets, Monday, June 1, 2020 (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Source: Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The City of Cleveland’s curfew was lifted at 6 a.m. on Friday after it was introduced on Saturday following the weekend’s protests over the death of George Floyd.

A judge’s ruling is not allowing officials to extend it again past Friday.

However, Mayor Frank Jackson said it may be reinstated if necessary.

A previous statement from the City of Cleveland regarding the Court’s Order said officials “will continue to evaluate the conditions in the City and will address them accordingly. The City’s number one priority is to keep Clevelander’s safe.”

A Northeast Ohio attorney challenged the city’s curfew with a lawsuit, claiming it violates the rights of residents.

As a result of our efforts, any other curfews must be based upon new information – not the events of May 30-early hours of May 31, 2020 -- and the city of Cleveland is on notice that we stand ready to challenge any further curfew orders that do not meet the appropriate legal standard for imposing a curfew.
Attorney Mark Ondrejech

According to the ruling, the city of Cleveland cannot extend the curfew again unless it is legally appropriate; a win for the attorney who filed the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also alleged that Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson did not have the legal authority to institute a curfew.

Ohio law requires more than a proclamation from the mayor for municipalities to pass ordinances to set curfews, according to 19 News Investigates.

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