City of Atlanta extends nightly curfew for rest of week, earlier start for weekend

Governor warned Atlanta mayor of the potential for violence during protests, sources say

The city of Atlanta announced it will have a nightly curfew in effect every night for the rest of the week.

The curfew begins at 9 p.m. Wednesday night and Thursday night. But it will begin an hour earlier at 8 p.m. Friday night through Sunday night.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered the first curfew last Saturday after peaceful protests turned into a night of vandalism and looting from downtown Atlanta to Buckhead.

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During a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Brian Kemp addressed the unrest from the weekend. Here are some bullet points from that news conference:

  • Kemp praised law enforcement for helping to keep the peace and businesses safe. Calls out those people who came Atlanta to cause problems.
  • Kemp says this is a moment to unite Georgians and move the state forward.
  • Kemp says there will be increased police presence in Brunswick on Thursday as Gregory and Travis McMichael, the father and son charged in the Ahmaud Arbery killing, are expected to have a court hearing.
Gov. Kemp addresses weekend protests in wake of George Floyd's death