Updated Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
The city of Atlanta announced the extension of a nightly curfew until Sunday, with earlier times this weekend.
On Wednesday and Thursday, residents are under the same 9 p.m. curfew that has been instituted since Saturday. Friday through Sunday the curfew will be 8 p.m. The curfew lasts until sunrise each day, with exceptions for people seeking medical help, working, first responders & homeless, the city said.
More protests were planned for downtown Atlanta Wednesday evening, and outside the city, a peaceful protest was set to take place at 3 p.m. in downtown Decatur.
WABE’s legal analyst Page Pate said at this point the curfew was “rational and justified,” but duration matters.
“It’s reasonable for the city to impose curfews as long as there’s a basis for it,” he said. “Now, if it started to be arbitrary, or if it went on maybe for another couple of weeks, then I think they may have some problems.”
The curfew was put in place after protests on Friday led to property destruction in both downtown and Buckhead. Law enforcement agencies have enforced the curfew with tear gas and other measures, with APD officers recently coming under fire for their handling of an incident involving two students. Six officers have now been charged in that incident.
People have taken to the streets all over metro Atlanta — and the world — to protest the death of not only George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police, but other black people at the hands of police and civilians alike. Friday’s protest was in honor of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed in Brunswick, Georgia.