CORAL SPRINGS, FL – In the wake of recent rioting over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Broward County issued a state of emergency on Sunday evening and a countywide curfew from 9 pm to 6 am on Monday.
The hastily-issued curfew, which impacts Coral Springs and all other cities, caught many residents off-guard. It prohibits anyone, other than emergency officials, to be on the streets --unless they are returning home from work or going to work during those hours. Residents were allowed to walk their pets within 250 feet of their homes.
The curfew follows six nights of rioting and looting across many American cities including Miami after the death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25.
Floyd was pinned face-down on the ground, in handcuffs, by a white police officer who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd was pronounced dead later.
Following his death, protests turned violent in Minneapolis and quickly spread to other cities.