Curfew and Other Restrictions No Longer in Effect
DENTON, TX, June 5, 2020 – Effective immediately, City of Denton Mayor Chris Watts has terminated the declaration of local disaster and order that was issued on May 31, 2020. The mayoral order had previously implemented a 9 p.m. curfew in designated areas across the City and restricted certain items that could be carried in those areas.
The May 31 order was put in place as a proactive response to threats of both violence and destructive activity at planned protest events by non-Denton based groups this past weekend. The intent of the action was to ensure the safety of protest attendees and reduce the possibility for violence, injury, and property damage.
Since the order took effect, a number of protests and demonstrations have taken place in the City. The Denton Police Department has worked with protesters and organizers to promote their safety and the integrity of their protests. There have been no reports of injuries, only three arrests, and, outside of several isolated incidents, no property damage in the designated areas.
Additionally, City staff has engaged business and property owners within the downtown and surrounding areas and received their input and feedback regarding the curfew and restrictions. While appreciative of the additional safety provided by the Denton police presence and the restrictions of the local order, businesses felt the necessity of the order was reduced compared to earlier in the week, provided that violent incidents and property damage do not occur.
Due to the lack of violence of the past several days’ events, ongoing cooperation between the Denton Police Department and organizers, and feedback from business and property owners within the designated curfew area, the decision was made to terminate the curfew and order after five days.
While no curfew or restrictions are in effect, there will continue to be an increased police presence in the downtown and surrounding areas to promote safety as anticipated protests and demonstrations are conducted. If violent or criminal activities, such as assaultive behavior or destruction of property, are committed in the context of protests and demonstrations, a curfew may be considered again. Event organizers and attendees are encouraged to be respectful of the local businesses and residents in the area.
Contact: Ryan Adams, (940) 349-8565, Ryan.Adams@cityofdenton.com