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Kalamazoo issues curfew after riot and calls on National Guard

Posted at 12:35 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 13:00:37-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The city of Kalamazoo is issuing a curfew and calling on the National Guard after a riot overnight.

The curfew begins tonight at 7 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, according to Karianne Thomas, chief, Kalamazoo Public Safety.

She made the announcement at a news conference today after the riot.

People will be in violation of the curfew if they're out on city streets, unless they're going to or from work or in a medical situation.

Thomas said the Michigan National Guard will also be present to assist with the closure of streets and other areas that have been a target.

She added that the National Guard will allow Kalamazoo officers to answer other calls and ensure protesters and citizens are safe tonight.

Watch the news conference