Atlantic City mayor orders 7 p.m. curfew for week, says it will be enforced 'big time'

Atlantic City rolled out a curfew and police were warning people to avoid the area Sunday evening after they said protests had "transitioned to criminal activity."

News 12 Staff

May 31, 2020, 11:09 PM

Updated 1,421 days ago

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UPDATE MAY 31, 11:20 P.M. - Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small says there will be a 7 p.m. curfew in effect from June 1 through June 8.  He says the measure will be enforced 'big time.'  The mayor also expressed his frustration and embarrassment about the actions of some residents at a late-night news conference. 
Original story below:
Atlantic City rolled out a curfew and police were warning people to avoid the area Sunday evening after they said protests had "transitioned to criminal activity."
The city has enacted an 8 p.m. curfew, according to police. The curfew expires at 6 a.m., and "only those individuals that are traveling to or from work or seeking medial/police assistance will be permitted." All others will be subject to arrest, according to an alert shared by the police department. 
ideos on social media appeared to show people breaking into storefronts and attempting to steal items. It was not immediately clear if there were any arrests or injuries.

The apparent looting followed what police said had been a peaceful protest that took place earlier in the day.
 
In a tweet, the Atlantic City Police Department urged people to "avoid Atlantic City at this time" if possible.

The curfew comes amid protests across the tri-state area and the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
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