CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston City Council on Tuesday approved an emergency ordinance granting Mayor John Tecklenburg the power to enact a curfew in anticipation of protests amid the upcoming verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
The emergency ordinance would give Tecklenburg to enact the curfew, should it become necessary, but the ordinance itself would not implement a curfew.
Tecklenburg said that he consulted with the Charleston Police Department (CPD) and CPD said that it was “a good tool to have in the toolbox.”
CPD Chief Luther Reynolds spoke to council, saying “we have to pay close attention tonight and in the days ahead. Just because a verdict was delivered doesn’t mean the concerns in our community are over.”
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