In response to the civil unrest following the Brooklyn Center police killing of Daunte Wright, curfews have been issued in the greater Twin Cities metro area. The curfews going into effect at 7 pm tonight, April 12 and will last until 6 am tomorrow, Tuesday, April 13.
Gov. Tim Walz has also issued a curfew from 7 pm tonight until 6 am tomorrow for Hennepin, Ramsey, and Anoka counties. Communities will also see an increased presence of the MN National Guard and other law enforcement.
“Daunte Wright’s death is a tragedy. We’re committed to ensuring Minnesotans can safely exercise their right to make their voices heard and demand change,” said Governor Walz. “We will not allow anyone to exploit this tragedy. If you try to use this tragedy to harm our communities, you will be arrested. By helping distinguish peaceful protestors from those who wish to perpetuate violence, this curfew is a preventative step to keep our cities safe tonight.”
The curfews were announced on Monday during an Operation Safety Net update about the ongoing public safety measures that city officials and law enforcement are employing during the Derek Chauvin trial.
During the curfew, you must not travel on any public street or in any public place.
The curfew includes exemptions for:
- Members of the press
- Law enforcement
- Emergency responders
- Those traveling to and from work
- Those seeking medical care, including COVID testing and vaccinations
- The following community patrol organizations (in Minneapolis):
- A Mother’s Love
- Center for Multicultural Mediation
- Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)
- Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and T.O.U.C.H. Outreach
- Change Equals Opportunity (C.E.O.)
- Restoration Inc.
- We Push for Peace
“Travel” includes, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.
“Public place” means any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.
Information provided by the City of Minneapolis and the Office of Gov. Tim Walz.