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Chief Payne asks cleanup crews to still follow curfew

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Posted at 6:20 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 18:20:13-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Chief Payne says he is touched people came to help cleanup Grand Rapids after the riot, but asks they still follow curfew.

In a Facebook post by the Grand Rapids Police Department, Chief Payne said, "While we are touched by the actions of many people who came to assist with cleanup and restoration to the downtown area today, it is best to abide by the curfew and not be out and about this evening, especially downtown."

The curfew was put in place Sunday after a peaceful protest escalated into a riot the night before.

In the post, Chief Payne says they will start by discouraging people from staying downtown past curfew, but they will enforce the rule if they need to.

"We have gone from violent chaos to an outpouring of support in less than a day," the Chief said. "Our department stands ready to continue providing the best public service to everyone in our community and we appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers."