Texas cities lift curfews instituted after violent protests

FILE PHOTO In this June 1, 2020, photo, protesters march to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge as they demonstrate against police brutality in Dallas. Protests continue over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Ryan Michalesko/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
FILE PHOTO In this June 1, 2020, photo, protesters march to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge as they demonstrate against police brutality in Dallas. Protests continue over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Ryan Michalesko/The Dallas Morning News via AP) (THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS)

(AP) – Officials in Dallas and San Antonio on Saturday lifted nighttime curfews that had been put in place after several days of demonstrations that saw multiple eruptions of violence and vandalism.

In Dallas, the curfew was lifted after consultation with police Chief U. Renee Hall and the City Council, said City Manager T.C. Broadnax.

“We’ve seen many moving and peaceful protests over the last few days, some of which I joined,” Broadnax said in a statement. “We heard feedback from residents ready to open and conduct business in central Dallas and we agree it’s time. The city of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department continue to respect and protect the rights of peaceful demonstrators.”

Broadnax said Dallas residents were safer staying at home due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The curfew had been announced May 31 by Hall after violent protests took place in downtown Dallas and other areas over the death of George Floyd and the treatment of black people by police.

In San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg rescinded the curfew in the downtown business district, which had been put in place on Wednesday.

“The San Antonio Police Department remains committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of all who peacefully protest while also ensuring the safety of people and protection of property. I hope this will be a strong foundation for an ongoing conversation about the relationship law enforcement agencies have with our community," said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

On Saturday afternoon, about 300 people gathered peacefully in front of San Antonio police headquarters and were set to march later in the day.