Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly enacted a city-wide curfew which began at 8 p.m. on June 2 and will expire at 6 a.m on June 3 after the Greenville Police Department (GPD) was informed of potential protests in the downtown area.
The Greenville Police Department tweeted a statement which informed residents about the shut down of roads by officers and said the downtown area should be avoided.
“For clarification, we are shutting down roads to vehicular traffic at this time so we can ensure those wishing to exercise their First Amendment rights can do so safely and peacefully,” GPD’s tweet said. “A reminder, there is an 8 p.m. curfew tonight.”
The curfew requires individuals to remain at home with only a few exceptions, according to the Greenville website.
The website said the exceptions of the curfew include any police or public safety officer engaged in official business, any member of an organization providing disaster relief services, any person in transit from a place where he or she was engaged and could not have planned earlier departure, any medical service provider engaged, and members of the news media engaged in essential public information duties.
“All of those who are exempt under the curfew restrictions must carry proper identification,” the website said. “A violation of the curfew is a misdemeanor.”
As of 6:30 p.m. around 15 to 20 protesters are located at the intersection of E 10th Street and Cotanche Street. The protesters are peacefully holding signs and are chanting phrases attached to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The United States National Guard has troops stationed at the Greenville Amtrak Stop located on S Pitt Street near the Police Department. Pitt County Sheriff’s Department is stationed outside of the Greenville Courthouse.
GPD is currently blocking the roads to keep car traffic to a minimum to allow for protesters to exercise their First Amendment right, according to a statement on GPD’s Twitter page.
For clarification, we are shutting down roads to vehicular traffic at this time so we can ensure those wishing to exercise their First Amendment rights can do so safely and peacefully. A reminder, there is an 8pm curfew tonight. https://t.co/O74PwmpaPS— Greenville Police (@GreenvillePD) June 2, 2020
Anyone with questions about the curfew should call the City’s Citizen Information Hotline at (252)-329-4164, according to the website. The proclamation can be found here.