Describing it as a cautionary measure, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve has imposed a new citywide curfew beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to stave off potential violent protests similar to what erupted Saturday.
The curfew will last until 5 a.m. Monday.
“During the hours of the curfew only residents that have an essential reason to be out (i.e. people traveling two/from work, medical personnel etc.) are permitted to be out past 5:30 p.m. in the Reno city limits,” the city’s press release said.
Residents are asked to avoid the downtown area.
“As a precaution, there may be a heavy police and National Guard presence in downtown Reno throughout the evening,” the release said.
As of 5 p.m., downtown Reno was bustling with restaurant-goers and people playing along the Truckee River. Dozens of police officers patrolled the plaza in front of city hall, while a handful of protestors used chalk to draw the names of people who had been killed by police.
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