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Leon County Institutes Curfew Starting at 11:00 p.m. Saturday. Officials Say The Move Comes 'At The Request Of Law Enforcement.'

A night view of Tallahassee with blurred lights from cars driving on the street
Erich Martin

Leon County has put a curfew in place starting at 11:00 p.m. Saturday night and lifting at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning. It goes into effect again Sunday night at 11:00 p.m. and lifts at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning.

The County announced the curfew in a Tweet Saturday less than an hour before the rule would go into effect.

A release from the County says "to protect individuals and property, the countywide curfew was requested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office, the City of Tallahassee, and the State Attorney's Office."

A proclamation issued by the county to enact the curfew details a "mostly peaceful" protest, but cites damage to property or threats about damage to property as reasons behind the decision.

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In the release, County Commission Chair Bryan Desloge says "While we respect the right of individuals to peacefully protest, our first obligation is to ensure the safety of our community."

Under the curfew officials say residents should stay home, but can go to and from work or leave home for emergency health and veterinary care.