CHICAGO (CBS) — As protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent Saturday night, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a curfew in Chicago from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice.
“What started out as a peaceful protest has now devolved into criminal conduct. We have watched these protesters hurl not just words, bur projectiles at our police department; bottles of water, urine, and Lord knows what else,” Mayor Lightfoot said.
The mayor also said shovels, bats, hammers, and lead pipes were wielded against officers.
Mayor Lightfoot praised those who expressed their First Amendment rights, but also expressed disappointment, and “really, my total disgust,” at those who came to the protests downtown “armed for all-out battle.”
“I’m here to call you out for your recklessness, for your obscene disrespect to the cause that you are trying to hijack,” the mayor said.