Governor Lee institutes curfew in Murfreesboro due to 'threats to public safety'

Published: May. 31, 2020 at 10:08 PM EDT
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Governor Lee mobilized the National Guard and the Tennessee Highway Patrol after peaceful demonstrations escalated to violence in Murfreesboro Sunday night.

Mayor McFarland expressed to

the decision to declare a local emergency.

"As Mayor, I recognize and fully support the right of people to peacefully assemble and demonstrate," said McFarland. "The city is committed to securing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. At the same time, others have engaged in unlawful activities that endanger peace and public safety. Safeguarding the lives of citizens, preventing significant damage to property, and protecting our law enforcement officers and emergency service providers is the reason I am declaring this local emergency."

Governor Lee said he supported Mayor McFarland's 7 p.m. curfew.

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