National Guard activated to aid Lincoln | Curfew issued
Riots over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis have broken out in Nebraska's two largest cities each night since Friday, resulting in dozens of arrests, injuries to police officers, civilians and damage to businesses and police cars.
Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird on Sunday declared a state of emergency following two nights of riots in Lincoln.
Gaylor Baird also issued a curfew beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday and ending at 6 a.m. Monday, June 1.
Exceptions to the curfew include people: going to work, getting medical help, or getting help from law enforcement.
The Nebraska Army National Guard has been activated protect infrastructure across the city.
Riots over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis have broken out in Nebraska’s two largest cities each night since Friday, resulting in dozens of arrests, injuries to police officers, civilians and damage to businesses and police cars.
Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said five arrests were made early Sunday morning following a riot that left downtown businesses vandalized and one building burned. Bliemeister said he’s not sure whether those who were arrested were there to intentionally incite violence. He said those were arrested were given repeated warnings to disperse.
One officer reported an injury Saturday night – the ninth to do so since Friday night.
Bliemeister said the investigation into who set the building on fire is ongoing. He also said an investigation into a hit-and-run involving a pickup truck who hit protesters on Friday night continues.
Officials said they do not anticipated enforcement of the curfew being an issue. They advise everyone to stay home if possible.
Governor Pete Ricketts condemned vandalism and violence in Lincoln and Omaha Friday night and early Saturday morning after the protests turned violent. Omaha issued a similar declaration and curfew.
“We have to restore peace and calm,” Ricketts said.