Arizona has declared a statewide Declaration of Emergency and will be under curfew beginning at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Governor Doug Ducey announced.
The curfew will begin at 8:00 p.m. and be lifted 5:00 a.m. each consecutive night for a week. Ducey cited lawlessness as a factor in the decision, resulting from agitated protests against police brutality. The announcement was made by Ducey on Twitter Sunday, May 31.
“Police will be equipped to make arrests of individuals who are planning to riot, loot or cause damage and unrest,” Ducey said in a Tweet.
Further details regarding the identification process for people planning to riot were not provided in the statement. A copy of the detailed emergency declaration will be made available later Sunday afternoon according to the Arizona Republic.
The declaration also authorizes an expanded mobilization of the National Guard to “protect life and property throughout the state.”
Ducey has been in contact with mayors across Arizona to ensure proactive plans are in place to prevent looting and violence, as stated on Ducey's Twitter. An aggressive approach to the protests in downtown Phoenix was necessary, Ducey said, but called for “more to be done” statewide to protect law and order as well as public safety.
“The looting and violence we saw last night, especially in Scottsdale, simply cannot be tolerated. And it won't be. Destruction of property does not qualify as freedom of expression,” Ducey said in a Tweet.
The governor called the death of George Floyd, which sparked the protests, “tragic” and “abhorrent.”