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West Orange Times & Observer Sunday, May 31, 2020 2 months ago

BREAKING: Orange County under curfew until further notice

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The curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and includes all of unincorporated Orange County and the city of Orlando.
by: Michael Eng Editor and Publisher

Following a day and evening of protests, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced today a curfew in unincorporated Orange County.

The curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily until further notice.

Unincorporated Orange County includes much of West Orange, including Horizon West.

The city of Orlando also will be under a curfew.

Exemptions to the curfew are residents going to/leaving work; first responders; and medical emergencies.

During demonstrations Saturday, May 30, looters damaged several stores in the Mall at Millenia area. Demonstrators also briefly shut down traffic on State Road 408 near Orange Blossom Trail.

In West Orange, there are reports of vandalism at West Oaks Mall in Ocoee.

"We have a systemic problem with racism in America," Demings said in a press conference Sunday, May 31. "I get it. When it comes to understanding the call to action we are seeing all across America. But as we respond to that call to action, I believe that that response has to be one that is thoughtful and peaceful, with a healthy respect for the rule of law. We cannot, as a civilized society, accept violence and destruction of the property of others."

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said he has had deputies at the vacation home of Minnesota officer Derek Chauvin since Friday.

"Because that officer had a vacation home (near) Windermere, we have been at that house, keeping that neighborhood safe ... for three days," Mina said. "I want to plead with everyone. We can gather, we can express ... our anger. Certainly, this cannot rise to the point where it becomes violent."

Mina said two Sheriff's Office deputies assisting the Orlando Police Department during yesterday's demonstrations were struck in the head with concrete.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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