Tampa curfew in effect for another day following weekend protests, mayor says

Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Police in Tampa arrested more than 20 people as protests erupted into riots Sunday night.

Crowds gathered all over the city this weekend to protest the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis last week after a white officer knelt on his neck.

Tampa police said one business and three law enforcement vehicles were damaged in the fracas. Those in custody are facing charges ranging from burglary and rioting, police said.

The police department released the mugshots for 16 of the 21 suspects arrested Sunday night.

Tampa Police Department

“Black lives matter,” Dugan said to begin Monday’s press conference. “I will shut up and listen to you, but I cannot listen when we have civil unrest in the city.”

Dugan said “when cooler heads prevail,” they will be able to improve relations with people in the city.

While Castor said she doesn’t anticipate demonstrations to get more violent Monday, Tampa’s curfew will still be in effect for one more day. She added that the city will dismiss the National Guard.

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