MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings spoke for the first time after protests erupted in Memphis over the last few days.
Strickland says a curfew will go into effect at 10 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The curfew was brought upon after bottles and other objects being thrown at police, protestors and others.
“We must do better,” Strickland said. “We as Americans can do better. We as Memphians can do better.”
Strickland stated he hears protestors, as well as the police department and city.
He said he supports the peaceful protest and worries about the seeds of inequality that pushes those to protest.
Strickland said the city needs to do more to help with poverty, education and helping the whole community to succeed.
Strickland accepted the challenge from former President Barack Obama.
The city of Germantown has also announced a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Director Michael Rallings said there were 10 businesses vandalized in the last three days, three police cars vandalized and three times where officers exchanged fire with others due to the protests.
He also emphasized that he encourages protests and using your First Amendment rights, we as Americans.
Rallings mentioned that he has spoken with several leaders on keeping it peaceful in Memphis and to address issues.
Police boarded-up city facilities to better protect the people of Memphis.
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