CLEVELAND — The curfew and parking ban the city enacted on Sunday has been lifted Friday morning. City of Cleveland workers removed the concrete barriers that blocked West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue.
The areas of downtown Cleveland and the city's Market District are now open to traffic.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said he will be monitoring this weekend's protest, and if they get out of hand, the curfew will be placed back into effect.
"We will be evaluating it and we will be assessing what is going on. And if, in fact, we are get the notion of and I just can't be because we think it has to be some some demonstrable, immediate kind of thing that you had to have happen for you. But we'll institute it right again. We'll do it. It'll be done quickly and it will give us stability," he said.
Jackson said he welcomes peaceful protests in the city.
"We are fully aware that when police officers begin to do things that are inappropriate, use excessive force, disrespect communities and individuals, that people are not just going to take that, they're going to say something about that they're going to do something about it. If it caused deaths as a result of doing those bad things, then people have a right to speak out on that, so we were in full support of demonstration," Jackson said during a tele-townhall Thursday.