Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan rescinded the citywide curfew on Monday, June 8.
Vaughan mandated the curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, June 1. The order declaring the curfew states that it was in response to vandalism and violence that occurred on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31.
The order states that on Saturday, May 30, there had been a peaceful protest “until roughly 10:00 p.m. when violence began to erupt including the breaking and entering into store fronts across the City and notably setting fire to the County courthouse in downtown.”
That order also states that “on Sunday, May 31, 2020 again a protest that began peacefully during the daytime hours turned violent and resulted in substantial damage to property after night fall resulting in breaking and entering into store fronts and looting from stores across the City.”
Although the majority of the vandalism and looting took place downtown on those two nights, it was not confined to the downtown.
The police have linked the break-in and looting at Schiffman’s Jewelers and Macy’s at Friendly Center on Sunday, May 31 to the violence downtown
The looting of the Target and ABC stores on Lawndale Drive and the fire that totally destroyed the Mattress Firm, also on Lawndale Drive, have also been linked to the violent protests.
In announcing that the curfew was being rescinded Vaughan said, “To all who have been peacefully protesting for changes in priorities and policies, I hear you. It is time to begin the work of systematic reform through collaboration and communication. I am encouraged by the willingness of protestors to organize peaceful demonstrations and engage in meaningful dialogue. We will continue to support peaceful protests, while ensuring participants are safe.”
The press release states that the peaceful protests over the weekend at LeBauer Park and on Wendover Avenue led to the decision to rescind the curfew.