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Dallas adds 2 more neighborhoods to the overnight curfew list

Dallas adds 2 more neighborhoods to the overnight curfew list

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Protests in Dallas have included blocking the freeway. Photo courtesy of WFAA/YouTube

UPDATE 6-6-2020: The curfew has been lifted. A release says that, after consultation with the Dallas Police Chief and City Council, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax signed an order lifting the curfew in central Dallas effective Saturday, June 6.

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Following more protests, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax has added two new areas to the list of neighborhoods under an overnight curfew: West Village and Trinity Groves.

They join other central Dallas areas under curfew that include downtown and Deep Ellum.

The curfew order follows three days of rallies protesting racism and the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis following an encounter with police officers.

The original curfew began on May 31, following declarations of a state of disaster by Gov. Greg Abbott and Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson.

According to a release, the new expanded area will be under curfew starting June 2, from 7 pm-6 am. The curfew is expected to last seven days after Gov. Abbott's and Mayor Johnson's declared state of disaster on May 31.

The nighttime curfew limits travel and gathering in central Dallas' public places including:

  • downtown
  • Deep Ellum
  • Farmers Market
  • Cedars
  • Uptown
  • Victory Park
  • West Village
  • Trinity Groves

Exceptions include individuals traveling to and from work, seeking medical attention or engaging in exempt activities, fleeing dangerous situations, or experiencing homelessness. Residents or employees who live or work in the curfew area should be prepared to show proof of residency or work credentials if they need to travel in or out of the area while curfew is in effect.

The release says that the Dallas Police Department will protect peaceful protesters, residents, and business owners, patrons, and employees; manage traffic; and vigilantly remove or control bricks or anything which may be used to harm people, vandalize or destroy property, or aid in other criminal mischief.

Fort Worth has also enacted a curfew but it extends throughout the city.