PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s citywide curfew will remain in effect for a fifth straight night as the city is preparing for another day of protests demanding justice for George Floyd. The curfew will go into effect at 6 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. Thursday.
During the curfew, people may leave their homes only to go to work at essential businesses or to seek medical attention or police assistance.
A protest popped up at the Art Museum on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s demonstrations were mostly peaceful as hundreds marched from City Hall to Rittenhouse Square through Old City and the Parkway.
A citywide curfew expired at 6 a.m.
Officials implemented a curfew mandate for the fourth straight night to help curb violent protests and looting.
Police say they have made 703 arrests since the unrest began Saturday for looting and curfew violations.
Update: Arrest TOTALS from Saturday, 5/30 12PM until present:
(11) Assault on police
(3) Firearm Violations
(1) Propulsion of missile
*CVNs include curfew violations and failure to disburse
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) June 3, 2020
Floyd died while in police custody after Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Protests have erupted across the country since Floyd’s death.
Meanwhile, if you’ve been hearing loud bangs across the city, it’s because looters continue to use explosives to destroy ATMs.
An ATM machine at 26th and Brown Streets in Fairmount badly damaged the inside of a gas station when it blew up late Tuesday night.
Police say roughly 50 ATMs were damaged across the city with an undisclosed amount of money stolen.
In South Philadelphia, an attempt to blow up a gas station ATM about 15 feet away from a gas pump failed. The owner tells CBS3 he just got a fresh supply of 13,000 gallons of gas.
On Tuesday morning, a man died after attempting to break into a North Philadelphia ATM with explosives.
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