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City of Tampa ending curfew after two nights

Police Chief Brian Dugan asked for the 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, in part, so police could respond to hotspots quicker.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has cancelled a curfew imposed to help police respond to demonstrations.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has cancelled a curfew imposed to help police respond to demonstrations. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jun. 2, 2020
Updated Jun. 2, 2020

TAMPA — The city of Tampa has canceled the curfew that was imposed overnight Sunday and Monday in the wake of weekend looting and arson.

The decision was announced in an email Tuesday morning from the office of Mayor Jane Castor.

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Police Chief Brian Dugan asked for the 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, in part, to get foot traffic and cars off the street so police could respond to hotspots quicker, he said at a news conference Monday.

This was a problem Saturday evening when law enforcement was dealing with a crowd of hundreds at University Mall, Dugan said. At least 71 people were arrested and 40 businesses damaged, most of them in the mall area Saturday night.

Sheriff Chad Chronister criticized the curfew for placing restrictions on innocent people and said Hillsborough County officials would not impose one in unincorporated areas of the county.