Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron Brown announced a City-wide curfew will take effect tonight starting at 8:00 PM which will last until 5:00 AM and that the curfew order will remain in effect every night, ending at 5:00 am Monday, June 8th. Individuals traveling to and from work or for some other legitimate reason including childcare, medical care, or other necessary activity, will be allowed to do so.
Mayor Brown said, “I have ordered a curfew for the City of Buffalo to protect the peaceful protesters who want to express their justified concerns and outrage over the murder of George Floyd and other instances of police brutality across the nation, residents who are concerned for their safety, the health and safety of our law enforcement community, and public and private property. I encourage everyone to abide by the curfew and remain off the streets during the designated times.”
Individuals congregating in groups or groups of people moving around the City during the curfew hours will be asked to disperse and go home. The goal of the curfew is to protect the lives and property of residents and the Buffalo Police Department has been instructed not to unnecessarily detain any person who is out for a legitimate reason.
Throughout the day, Mayor Brown and other members of the Administration spoke to block club leaders and community activists to reassure them about how the curfew will be enforced and answer any questions they may have.
The City is also urging residents to keep their totes off the street during the night and put them at the curb on the morning of their scheduled garbage pick-up while the curfew is in effect. Residents’ garbage totes have been used to light fires or damaged in other ways by vandals during the past several nights’ unrest.
People should sign up for Buffalerts on the City’s webpage to receive up to date information via text message and/or emails regarding the curfew or any other public safety information.