The protesters were all charged with misdemeanors under state executive law for allegedly violating an emergency order announced Wednesday by Mayor Lovely Warren. They were all issued appearance tickets, according to police.
Free the People Roc responded to Wednesday's announcement by organizing a protest that started at 10 p.m. and was to last until 5 a.m. Police said officers gave the protesters several warnings to disperse before they began arresting and charging people around 2 a.m.
"This curfew is yet another tactic used to criminalize Black & Brown bodies in our city, and we will not let this happen," organizers said on the protest's Facebook event page.
“We believe that we can heal our communities, we can enact solutions to our problems, and we demand the economic resources to do so,” activist and musician Danielle Ponder said during a press conference Monday.
Jeremy Moule is CITY's news editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.