For the seventh straight night, the City of Brotherly Love must undergo another citywide curfew. The controlling measure will take effect Friday, beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney first imposed the curfew Saturday after protests over George Floyd´s death. The African- American brutal killing by the police led to street demonstrations that in many cases resulted in vandalism and looting.
Only people traveling to work at essential businesses or seeking medical attention may leave their homes during the curfew.
Protestors have demonstrated on the city streets every day since Saturday to demand the end of racism and police brutaliy. City officials responded with plans to form a steering committee to foster reconciliation and healing and address issues long raised by the city’s African-American communities.
Additionally has removed the controversial statue of of former Mayor Frank Rizzo. The statue, located outside the Municipal Services Building, had been vandalized many times in recent years. Activists, politicians and others repeatedly had called for its removal.
Floyd, an African-American man, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder; three other officers also face charges.