A curfew went into effect at 9 p.m. Saturday in Harrisburg.
“The City of Harrisburg is issuing a 9pm curfew for this evening. Everyone, please stay at home. #BeSafe,” Mayor Eric Papenfuse tweeted.
The City of Harrisburg is issuing a 9pm curfew for this evening. Everyone, please stay at home. #BeSafe— Eric Papenfuse (@EricPapenfuse) May 31, 2020
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center, already activated at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) for the state’s COVID-19 response, has supplemented center staff to maintain situational awareness of the protests taking place in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and other parts of the state.
Wolf said his administration has been in touch with counties throughout the day, offering whatever assistance is needed to keep our communities from suffering any additional violence.
Earlier Saturday, police and George Floyd protesters, who were chanting “black lives matter,” faced off in the city. Around 3:30 p.m. bricks were thrown and rubber bullets were fired at the state Capitol complex, where hundreds of protesters had gathered.
“With two Capital Police [sic] officers in the hospital and several patrol cars badly damaged by bricks, I am watching law enforcement repeatedly attempt to deescalate while allowing room for peaceful protest – Commissioner Carter has been out front & represents the best of #Harrisburg,” Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse tweeted.
One of the bricks hit an officer in the back of the head. After that, officers fired rubber bullets at some of the protesters.
By 6 p.m., most of the protesters had left the Capitol building and police, wearing riot gear, remained.
Video of today’s protest at the Capitol in Harrisburg pic.twitter.com/ZUgxo53TWt— John Boruk (@johnboruk) May 30, 2020