St. Paul joins Minneapolis with 8 p.m. curfew Thursday

It comes after rioting downtown on Wednesday evening.
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UPDATE 5:45 P.M. 

The City of St. Paul has ordered a curfew beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday and lasting through 6 a.m. Friday. The announcement was made around 5:30 p.m. by Mayor Melvin Carter. 

"In response to the civil unrest that unfolded last night, I have issued a curfew for the City of Saint Paul effective tonight at 8:00 PM through tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM." the mayor said. 

Minneapolis is under the same curfew, from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. 

Original story

An 8 p.m. curfew will be in effect in Minneapolis on Thursday evening, continuing till 6 a.m. Friday morning.

The curfew was announced Thursday morning by Mayor Jacob Frey, which comes after rioting broke out downtown after misinformation suggested a Black man had been shot by police.

While the damage done was not at the same level seen during the riots that followed George Floyd's death in May, there were still multiple properties damaged and looted, with a few set on fire.

Gov. Tim Walz called the National Guard at Frey's request, with the Minnesota State Patrol also called in to provide assistance as dozens of arrests were made.

Two officers were injured as they responded to the unrest, including one who was struck by a trash can lid that had been thrown by a rioter.

Frey suggested businesses and residences in the downtown area should consider boarding up their windows in the event of further unrest on Thursday evening. 

At a press conference Thursday, city council member Lisa Goodman said she was "disgusted" by the actions on Wednesday evening, saying violence does not honor the memory of police shooting victims and undermines the effort towards racial equity.

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