Wilmington, other NC cities impose curfew amid protests

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George Floyd protest in May 2020. (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY/AP) — North Carolina’s capital city will be enacting a curfew starting Monday night. While the curfew has ended, one was issued for Wilmington Sunday.

The move comes after two nights of protests over the death of George Floyd that led to street fires, store break-ins, and fireworks being thrown at police officers in parts of the state.

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Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin told the News & Observer she decided to impose the curfew for the safety of the city’s residents.

Protests in the city Sunday night led to direct confrontations with police and tear gas being released by officers to disperse crowds.

Several offices and businesses also had their windows smashed.

WRAL-TV reports this includes the state’s archives and Transportation department buildings.

Police said the National Guard was deployed in Raleigh.

Due to protests in Wilmington Sunday, the city issued a curfew until 6 a.m. Monday.