City of Charleston approves emergency curfew, requests National Guard assistance after overnight riots
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Charleston has approved an emergency ordinance for a curfew Sunday into Monday morning after protests turned into riots overnight in the streets of downtown Charleston this weekend.
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg proposed the curfew within the municipal limits of the City of Charleston between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
The ordinance declares streets to be closed to the general public for travel, whether vehicular, pedestrian, or otherwise.
During the duration of this emergency ordinance, it is also unlawful to congregate unless in your home, in groups of three or more.
The ordinance also states it’s unlawful to refuse to disperse upon order of law enforcement.
Mayor Tecklenburg during the meeting said they believe that the people last night were mostly “folks from afar.”
He said that although there was significant property damage, there were no serious injuries, no loss of life, and no significant fire damage.
Mayor Tecklenburg has requested the assistance of the governor’s office and the National Guard.
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