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June 05, 2020

Philly curfew enacted for seventh straight night as protests continue

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Philadelphia curfew Friday Natalie Hope McDonald/for PhillyVoice

Mayor Jim Kenney has instituted a citywide curfew Friday for the seventh night in a row. It will begin at 8 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. Saturday.

A citywide curfew will take effect Friday for the seventh straight night, beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 6 a.m. Saturday. 

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney first imposed the the curfew Saturday after peaceful protests over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality gave way to vandalism and lootingOnly people traveling to work at essential businesses or seeking medical attention may leave their homes during the curfew.

MORE: Pledging to 'do better,' Mayor Kenney forms committee to address Philadelphia's racial injustice

Protestors have taken to the streets every day since Saturday to demand an end to systemic racism and police brutality. In response, the city has removed the controversial statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo and formed a committee to address issues long raised by the city's black communities. 

Floyd, a black man, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder; three other officers also face charges. 

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