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Kenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several 'peaceful' nights

Kenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several 'peaceful' nights
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Kenosha, Wis., Mayor John Antaramian (D) said Wednesday that a curfew imposed after more than one week of protests in the city would be lifted, citing several nights of relative calm.

Antaramian initially imposed the curfew due to unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man. 

Amid the protests, which at times turned violent and led to clashes with police, a 17-year-old suspect, Kyle Rittenhouse, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide after authorities said he shot and killed two demonstrators and injured a third. His attorney has said Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.

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The mayor said Wednesday law enforcement had decided it was appropriate to lift the curfew after several days of demonstrations that had been overwhelmingly peaceful, The Associated Press reported.

The police department had earlier said the 9 p.m. curfew would remain in place until Labor Day.

“The last several nights have been relatively peaceful in the community, and in the judgment of law enforcement, it is appropriate to remove the curfew,” Antaramian said, adding that the curfew could return if further unrest occurs.  

Four people who were arrested during the protests have filed a lawsuit arguing police only targeted protesters and not armed counterdemonstrators.

“In Kenosha, there are two sets of laws — one that applies to those who protest police brutality and racism, and another for those who support the police,” the lawsuit states, according to the AP. Kimberly Motley, the attorney representing those arrested, said she believes the lawsuit “definitely played a role” in the end of the curfew.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE visited the Wisconsin city earlier this week. Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE is set to visit the city on Thursday and meet with Blake’s family. Trump declined to meet with the family because he said they wanted a lawyer involved.