By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter
Mesa Mayor John Giles has issued a statement on the George Floyd protests, Governor Doug Ducey’s statewide curfew after vandalism in downtown Phoenix and property damage and looting in Scottsdale.
Here is his statement in full including on how Mesa would respond to protests.
Our country, our state and our city are hurting.
The angst, anxiety and economic uncertainty from a global pandemic followed by another incident of unwarranted police brutality has put us all on edge. The combination of events has injected feelings of raw anger and fear across cities, especially communities of color.
I understand those feelings. I also understand that some choose to protest publicly, which is an American right. But if you do choose to protest racial inequality or police brutality, do so peacefully and do so with a purpose. I know most protestors are trying to elevate their voices and express the collective pain from these horrible tragedies.
Unfortunately, as we saw in other Valley cities over the past two nights, rioters and looters were intent on needless violence, destruction of private property and damaging businesses, large and small. All of this is an assault on a community’s soul.
These actions will not be tolerated in the city of Mesa. Our small business owners and local restaurants have been struggling during the pandemic and cannot endure any additional harm to their property. The Mesa Police Department stands ready to address any looting and violence that might erupt in our community.
I spoke to Governor Ducey earlier today and I appreciate his support for local enforcement during this situation. As you are aware, the Governor issued a statewide Declaration of Emergency and has imposed a curfew beginning tonight a 8pm – prohibiting people from traveling or being present on any public street or public place. There are some exemptions provided, including allowing individuals to travel for work, obtain food, seek medical attention, etc. A complete list of exemptions are provided in the Declaration which you may view HERE.
The curfew is in effect from 8pm-5am and is set to expire on Monday, June 8.