Curfew extended for another night after rioting, looting concerns in Pittsburgh

People protest in multiple Pittsburgh-area communities Sunday

PITTSBURGH — The City of Pittsburgh declared a citywide curfew in response to violent protests on Saturday.

The curfew was first put into place between 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday. It was again in place Sunday night and has been extended again to go into effect Monday night into Tuesday.

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Crowds gathered across the Pittsburgh area to rally in response to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Floyd died while in police custody earlier this week.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Chauvin is accused of keeping his knee on the Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

Protests began peacefully at Liberty and Sixth avenues around 2 p.m. Saturday and marched to the City-County Building.

Pittsburgh police respected the protesters and maintained their safety. It wasn’t until three hours later that tensions escalated.

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