As riots broke out across the country after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, a number of them grew extremely violent and deadly over the weekend.
In Chicago, a city with existing issues of gun violence that hasn’t stopped with the novel coronavirus pandemic, it was the most violent weekend of the year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The paper reported that over the weekend in the city 82 people were shot, 19 of them fatally.
"In addition to our 9pm-6am curfew that will remain in place until further notice, Governor Pritzker—at my request—has ordered a small contingent of the National Guard to maintain a limited presence and support our police in order to ensure we don’t have a repeat of last night."
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) May 31, 2020
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday issued a curfew notice to residents between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. “until further notice.”
Additionally, a number of main streets and public transportation systems were shut down. City officials condemned those creating violence and vandalizing the city, during Saturday’s press conference.
On Sunday, however, more than half of the weekend’s victims were shot, the report noted.