Obeying curfew, protests remain peaceful in downtown Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–Tuesday brought another night of protests in the Port City, all in response to the death of George Floyd.

At its peak there were more than 200 protesters on the steps of city hall in Wilmington. Once 9:00 p.m. hit police told demonstrators there was a curfew in place and the group needed to disperse. The crowd cleared out soon after at the request of law enforcement.

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Leading up to the evenings protest a few businesses downtown boarded up their windows in case things escalated, but it did not get that far on Tuesday night. Terry Espy the President of the Wilmington Downtown Business Alliance says they welcome peaceful protesting, but not when things turn violent.

“Please anyone listening to this who does wish to come downtown tonight and celebrate in a wonderful peaceful protest we welcome you,”says Espy. “We want you here, but if that’s not your goal don’t come.”

The Wilmington Police Department notified local businesses on Tuesday that permits had been obtained for protesting to occur at city hall until Saturday, June 6th. The time frame of those permits run from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.