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Ducey issues statewide Declaration of Emergency, curfew until June 8

May 31, 2020, 1:21 PM | Updated: 6:36 pm
(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)...
(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)
(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a statewide emergency declaration and announced a curfew that will take effect at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The curfew will be lifted each morning 5 a.m. until it is set to expire on June 8, according to a press release.

The Declaration of State of Emergency States: “During the hours of curfew, all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling or being present on any public street or in any public place, including for the purpose of travel, with the following exemptions:

  • “1. All law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics or other medical personnel, National Guard, as well as any other emergency response personnel authorized by the State of Arizona, and credentialed members of the media.
  • “2. Individuals traveling directly to and from work; attending religious services; commercial trucking and delivery services; obtaining food; caring for a family member, friend, or animal; patronizing or operating private businesses; seeking medical care or fleeing dangerous circumstances; and travel for any of the above services.”

The governor initially announced the emergency declaration and curfew in a series of tweets, stating that the decision was made in coordination with law enforcement officials.

“This gives law enforcement an additional tool to prevent the lawlessness we’ve seen here and in cities nationwide,” he added.

“Today’s declaration also authorizes an expanded National Guard mobilization to protect life and property throughout the state. Our office will continue to communicate with local law enforcement to provide whatever resources we can.”

Ducey’s announcement follows Saturday night’s unrest, which caused police departments in both Phoenix and Scottsdale to issue orders of unlawful assembly.

The Phoenix Police Department made more than 100 arrests following Saturday’s unrest, according to a press release.

In a separate release, the Scottsdale Police announced they had made 12 arrests following damage and looting that was inflicted upon several businesses in Old Town Scottsdale.

Prior to announcing the emergency declaration and curfew order, Ducey issued a press release in which he praised the conduct of Arizona law enforcement amid Saturday night’s protests and criminal activity.

The governor specifically praised the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Phoenix Police Department, the Arizona National Guard and all supporting agencies that helped secure the downtown and freeways.

“More needs to be done, in more places around the state, to protect law and order and public safety,” Ducey said in the release.

“The looting and violence we saw last night, especially in Scottsdale, simply cannot be tolerated. And it won’t be.”

Also prior to announcing the emergency declaration, Ducey tweeted he had been working with mayors across the state to ensure they had protocols in place to thwart violence and looting.

Sunday Morning, the Scottsdale Police Department announced that Scottsdale’s Fashion Square would be closed for the day due to last night’s criminal activity.

Scottsdale police also announced that Camelback Road would also be closed closed from Goldwater Boulevard to Scottsdale Road on Sunday.

Multiple stores at Fashion Square Mall were damaged by looters Saturday night around 10 p.m. including Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters and the Apple Store.

Saturday evening marked the third night in a row protesters took to the streets throughout the Valley.

The initially peaceful protests came in response to Monday’s deaths of Minnesotan George Floyd and Arizonan Dion Johnson at the hands of law enforcement.

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Ducey issues statewide Declaration of Emergency, curfew until June 8