NewsLocal NewsAkron Canton NewsJayland Walker

Actions

Akron mayor says he plans to lift downtown curfew Wednesday after no damage reported during Monday's curfew

Remains in place Tuesday night, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Poster image (10).jpg
Image from iOS (15).jpg
Image from iOS (5).jpg
Image from iOS (9).jpg
Posted at 1:55 PM, Jul 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-05 19:11:27-04

AKRON, Ohio — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said he intends to lift the curfew that was placed on downtown Akron on Monday after several downtown businesses were damaged and police used tear gas to disperse those protesting over the fatal police shooting of Jayland Walker. He said that because the curfew Monday night was effective in preventing further damage to downtown, he plans to lift it Wednesday morning.

On Monday morning, storefront windows were found broken at several downtown businesses. In response to the damage, the curfew was put into effect for downtown Akron from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Monday night, but in place until further notice.

Image from iOS (5).jpg
Damage to businesses in Akron Sunday night that was caused amid largely peaceful protests following the release of body camera video of the police shooting of Jayland Walker.

The curfew will remain in place Tuesday night. If there are no public safety concerns that arise, Horrigan said the curfew will be lifted in the morning.

In addition to saying the curfew would be lifted, he released the following statement:

“I want to again thank all those who have protested peacefully in our community over the last several days. Citizens have a right to make their voices heard, and I fully support that. The community respected the curfew which we put in place last night and did not further damage our downtown corridor. I expect tonight to be the same. In an effort to support all those who are peacefully protesting, I plan to lift the curfew in our downtown footprint starting tomorrow. As always, public safety remains our top priority and I urge our community to report any instances or threats of violence or destruction so that a small group of agitators does not cause further damage to our city and small businesses.”

About 50 people were arrested after midnight Monday for various charges including rioting, failure to disperse and misconduct during an emergency, Akron police said.

Several businesses felt the financial pinch of the curfew, including Crave, which has been in its new location for one week.

General Manager Aaron Francis estimated that closing early cost the restaurant between $2,000 and $3,000 a night.

"Right now, I think it's the right call in my personal view. It will hurt business, but I think it's the right call to preserve property here downtown," Francis said prior to the announcement of the curfew being lifted.

Brianna King, a server at Barley House, said the curfew was not only keeping people away in the evening. The lunch crowd was almost non-existent on Tuesday.

"People aren't coming to work because they're scared and stuff, so we're losing a lot of money and we all have bills to pay," King said.

In a Facebook post, the owner of Diamond Deli said the restaurant will remain closed until next Monday.

"Our hearts go out to everyone right now. People of Akron please stay safe. We love you all," the post read.

The Akron Home Repair Program Ward 4 meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Lawton Street Community Center has been postponed. The meeting will be scheduled for a later date.

RELATED: Curfew issued after windows broken at several downtown Akron businesses; about 50 people arrested, police say

Curfew issued after windows broken at several downtown Akron businesses; about 50 people arrested, police say

Download the News 5 Cleveland app now for more stories from us, plus alerts on major news, the latest weather forecast, traffic information and much more. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here.

You can also catch News 5 Cleveland on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu Live and more. We're also on Amazon Alexa devices. Learn more about our streaming options here.