Tonight's curfew for Lincoln is from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 2. During these hours, the only people permitted to be out of their homes are those who are going to work, seeking medical attention or seeking the assistance of law enforcement. News media members who are covering the city tonight are not subject to the curfew.
In issuing another overnight curfew for the City today, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said she continues to support the goals of the peaceful protestors calling for change in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Gaylor Baird said, "The peaceful protests are making important calls for social justice, for the safety of all Americans, and for a recognition by all that black lives matter." She said that these are important messages for everyone to hear and to catalyze each of us to make a difference in achieving a more just and peaceful world.
Mayor Gaylor Baird acknowledged that residents are feeling pain, anguish, and fear. "For some, these feelings are new and shocking, while for others, and especially for people of color, these feelings are all too familiar and a part of daily life each time they step outside their homes and interact with those who may judge them by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character," she said.
On the past three nights, peaceful assemblies were disrupted by a small group of individuals, resulting in injuries, destruction of property, and arrests. "I want to make it clear, it is not the peaceful protestors that create concern for our city, but the bad actors that have co-opted those activities and engaged in violence and property destruction," said Mayor Gaylor Baird. "These actors often have their own, separate agendas, and their views do not necessarily align with those of the peaceful protestors."
"As the mayor, I am tasked with keeping all our residents safe and our community intact," said Gaylor Baird. "I cannot and will not condone violence and destruction in our city." She said last night, the third night of protests in the city but the first with a curfew, crowds dissipated much earlier than the previous two nights, and less property damage was reported.
The Mayor said the National Guard will continue to play a support role focused on protecting city infrastructure and is authorized to intervene in incidents where property destruction is attempted or occurring. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office will also assist tonight in a supporting role.
The Mayor said that moving forward she would take action to support the building of community bridges and advance the cause of justice for all. Those actions include the following: