City of Reno issues mandatory curfew order, effective immediately
The City of Reno has issued a mandatory curfew for tonight, May 30, effective immediately. Residents are asked to please avoid the downtown area, and to adhere to the curfew to help protect the safety of our community. As a precaution, there will be a heavy police presence in downtown Reno throughout the night.
In addition the City of Reno has released the following statements regarding the protests that occurred in Reno, Nevada today, May 30:
Hillary Schieve, Reno Mayor:
“Like so many, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Floyd. While a reaction of outrage is understandable, I believe peaceful protest and constructive conversation is the best path forward for our great city and nation. Emotions are high and many in our community are in pain. But I implore our citizens — our neighbors — to channel this energy into the true fight: social justice, equality, and accountability. We love our city and all who live here.
I want our citizens to understand that the City of Reno will not tolerate any excessive use of force by our police department, or anyone else for that matter. I want to make that abundantly clear. We absolutely support peaceful protesting in the City of Reno.
I also want to make it clear we will not tolerate any violence during this time. We will also not condone any illegal activity happening that is not part of a peaceful protest we need to keep our community safe. With safety in mind, we are implementing a mandatory curfew this evening. The City of Reno thanks our many citizens who have, and will, come together to peacefully assemble.”
Jason Soto, Reno Police Chief and Acting City Manager:
“We fully support and will protect every citizen’s right to peacefully protest and exercise their Constitutional rights here in Reno, Nevada. Unfortunately, today we've seen the actions of a few overshadow what was otherwise a peaceful day of demonstration in The Biggest Little City. We will remain vigilant and focused on effectively serving the public safety needs of our Reno and Washoe County residents.
The Reno Police Department follows a community-policing model that includes regular community outreach to address concerns. The relationships we’ve built with community groups and faith-based organizations are critical to facilitating trust, understanding and community safety. We will use this as an opportunity to further strengthen those important relationships and community connections.
I speak for our entire police department when I say that we are all deeply disturbed and saddened by what occurred in Minneapolis. We spend hundreds of hours training over the course of our career to avoid such actions, and to maintain trust with all of our citizens. There are times when those of us in law enforcement must recognize and be critical of unjust actions by those who are given ultimate arrest authority.”
Update (9:56 p.m.)
At request of local leaders, Gov. Sisolak activates Nevada National Guard
Citizen soldiers from the Nevada National Guard were mobilized to state active duty tonight at the request of Gov. Steve Sisolak in response to a request for assistance from civil authorities in Reno.
The Guard men and women stand ready to support state and local law enforcement in preserving public safety as well as the ability of individuals to exercise their rights to peacefully demonstrate.
Their role and the mission of the Guard is to help keep local government buildings secure. This will help Reno Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies protect residents and disperse crowds.
Nevada’s adjutant general mobilized members of the Guard under direction of Gov. Sisolak after receiving a call for aid from Reno officials.
Prior to the activation of the Nevada National Guard, a number of other state and local resources were sent to assist Reno Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, who are working tirelessly to subdue unlawful activity and restore peace. That includes the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol, Investigations and Fire Marshal Divisions, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and City of Sparks Police Department.