INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - After two violent nights in downtown Indianapolis, Mayor Joe Hogsett set a curfew of 8 p.m Sunday with an executive order.
The order was issued at 11 a.m. Sunday in conjection with another executive order from Gov. Eric Holcomb.
The curfew comes in the form of a local travel warning that will last until 6:00 a.m. Monday, and violators face class B misdemeanor charges that carry a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and fines up to $10,000.
“This policy is not intended to punish our residents," Hogsett said. "It is intended to protect them. We also remain committed to protecting the peaceful demonstrations we fully expect will take place today and in the weeks to come. We do not tolerate these acts of protest – we celebrate them. And just as with yesterday, we will continue to work with event organizers to ensure they have a venue to deliver their non-violent message without interference.”
The curfew means nobody may travel public streets or be in public places in Marion County. Exceptions to the order include traveling directly to or from work, seeking medical care, or fleeing from dangerous circumstances.
Police, news media; federal, state, or local public officials conducting necessary work and individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from the travel warning.
Gov. Holcomb signed an executive order at 11 a.m. Sunday that lifted a restiction on local governments to issue travel warnings, enabling Indianapolis to issue its own warning.