COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers has informed the City Council that he will not extend the curfew order that expired at 5 a.m. today. The order went into effect last Wednesday, June 3. Suthers issued the order after four days of daytime peaceful protests had been followed in the late night and early morning hours by confrontational conduct that endangered the police, protesters, bystanders and both public and private property.
Since the curfew was instituted, protests in Colorado Springs have been non-violent. Suthers had high praise for protesters and police alike.
“A tremendous amount of credit belongs to our citizens who have engaged in speech and assembly in Colorado Springs in the highest traditions of social action in America“, said Suthers. “They have been vocal and passionate about their worthy cause, but respectful of their fellow citizens and public and private property. My sincere gratitude to leaders of the protest who have steered those protesting police brutality away from other groups who do not share their message and their commitment to nonviolent methods.
I also want to thank the Colorado Springs Police Department, which has worked hard to ensure First Amendment protection of speech and assembly, while also providing for the public health, safety and welfare.
After five days of protests without violence, it’s time to allow the curfew to lapse. However, I will not hesitate to reinstate a curfew if violence and property damage should reoccur and a curfew is necessary to ensure public safety. I would also ask that going forward, groups refrain from attempting to block or impede traffic as that presents situations that can be very dangerous for protesters and the public using our roadways.”
Suthers and Police Chief Vince Niski appear on the “Behind the Springs” podcast today, available at https://coloradosprings.gov/mayors-office/page/behind-springs-mayor-suthers-and-police-chief-niski