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Phoenix protesters return to downtown area for 5th consecutive night

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PHOENIX — Protesters returned on Monday to the downtown Phoenix area for the fifth consecutive night in response to the deaths George Floyd in Minnesota and Dion Johnson in Phoenix.

Earlier Monday, President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the U.S. military unless states took action to effectively halt violent protests.

In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered an 8 p.m. statewide curfew that began Sunday and will be lifted each morning at 5 a.m until it is scheduled to expire on June 8.

9:30 p.m.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams announced during a press conference that there had been zero arrests in connection to Monday night’s protests.

Tuesday update from Town of Queen Creek: MCSO verified that there was no activity related to protests or riots in the town of Queen Creek Monday night.

9:01 p.m.

Reports of authorities receiving calls that individuals were attempting to take over a Dollar Store at the Queen Creek Marketplace.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office received more calls around the southeast Valley suburb but around 11 p.m. Queen Creek Town Council member Jeff Brown said in a Facebook post the calls all appeared to be pranks.

“Business areas are all quiet at this time,” he wrote.

7:55 p.m.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Peter Samore reported that most of the few remaining protesters began leaving the downtown area.

At the intersection of West Adams Street and North Sixth Avenue, protesters had dispersed peacefully while referencing future demonstrations.

7:50 p.m.

With the statewide curfew soon taking effect, protesters began leaving the downtown area.

6:40 p.m.

Protesters were reported to be more than a block in length, marching on Van Buren Street toward 3rd Avenue, according to ABC15.

5:30 p.m.

ABC15 reporter Zach Crenshaw reported demonstrators had gathered around both the Phoenix Police Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office headquarters.

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