SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento and West Sacramento leaders have enacted citywide curfews from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. following a weekend of late-night vandalism and looting.
Sacramento and West Sacramento city councils both unanimously voted to enforce the curfews after a weekend full of marches, vandalism and looting across the city.
However, less than 24 hours earlier, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said city council had decided not to impose a curfew because no one would listen to it.
During the curfews, no person can be on a public street, sidewalk or alley, or in a public park or place within the city limits.
No businesses can be open to the public during that time.
The curfews do not apply to law enforcement, fire personnel and other emergency responders, essential workers and members of the media.
Essential businesses, like hospitals and doctor’s offices, can remain open and employees can travel to and from work and home during those hours.
The resolution for the city of Sacramento says people who violate the curfew could face arrest. Police began arresting those still out following Monday’s protest.
An exception will be made for homeless individuals.
The city also deployed more than 500 National Guard personnel onto the streets Monday night.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said he was glad to have the help from the National Guard following two nights of extensive looting in the city.
Hope for the best but, certainly, plan for the worst and we’re planning for it. We’re ready for it. We don’t want to use force. We want people to have an expression, an outlet for their angst that they are feeling and the messages that they want to convey, keep them safe. But we also have a simultaneous duty to protect businesses and residents and other folks that might just get caught up in this violence. Tonight, I think especially with the help of the National Guard, we’ll be able to do that more effectively.Scott Jones, Sacramento County Sheriff
Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced his intention to enact a curfew Monday morning as he and other volunteers cleaned up damaged storefronts. The mayor says there has been an estimated $10 million in damage within Sacramento over the past weekend.
It will be in effect until the director of emergency services or the city council decides to terminate it.