City of Tampa enacts curfew in response to protests, National Guard activated in Tampa

Hillsborough County

TAMPA (WFLA) – Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced that a curfew will be in effect from Sunday night from 7:30 p.m. – 6 a.m. until further notice.

Mayor Castor in statement says:

“What I saw last night was not a call for voices to be heard, ideas to affect change, or ways to shine a light on inequality,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “What I saw was shameful, what I saw was heartbreaking. And what I saw did not reflect our community and the values we share. We stand in solidarity with all of the peaceful protests happening in our city and around the country.” 

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

Violation of the curfew will result in a second-degree misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to 60 days imprisonment and/or a $500 fine.

However, Mayor Castor said residents can still go out for essential trips. If you were to be stopped by an officer, no official paperwork is needed. All residents need to do is have a simple conversation with the officer.

“We are asking that all of the peaceful protesters to please go home. We have agitators that are out there,” Castor said. “They are out there right now destroying property and so we need individuals to go home and stay home this evening.”

“It may be a slight inconvenience but if you exercise patience with us, stay at home this evening we will be able to quell any of this civil unrest and ensure that we don’t, as a city, endure any more property damage or injury to any of our citizens,” she said.

The news comes following the announcement by Gov. DeSantis’ Communications Director that 100 guardsmen from the Florida National Guard have arrived in Tampa.

According to Helen Aguirre Ferré, the guardsman are specially trained units support law enforcement in many ways i.e. traffic & crowd control, all to preserve the peace & public safety.

Hillsborough County has announced they will not institute a curfew. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister in a tweet made the announcement stating:

In consultation with other county leaders, I have decided not to institute a curfew. I refuse to punish law-abiding citizens due to the lawless actions of a handful of criminals. Your Sheriff’s Office stands ready to deal with any threat.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister

41 people in total were arrested by Tampa police Saturday night.

Mayor Jane Castor and TPD Police Chief Brian Dugan will hold a press conference tonight at 5:30 p.m. at TPD Headquarters.

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