CONTACT: Laura Mayes, (210) 207-1337
SAPD PIO: 210-207-7579
SAN ANTONIO (June 6, 2020) — After several days of peaceful protests in the downtown business district, City Manager Erik Walsh and the San Antonio Police Department recommended that the temporary curfew in the downtown business district be lifted. Mayor Ron Nirenberg signed a declaration officially rescinding the curfew this afternoon.
“The dialogue between the City, organizers, and demonstrators is a welcome development that is emblematic of the San Antonio way, and I am encouraged that we are able to end the curfew sooner than planned,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
“While we can’t change decades of inequity or injustice in our community, we can work together to build a better city. To those who are demonstrating, know that we are listening,” said City Manager Erik Walsh.
“The event organizers met with me on several occasions in the past week. We agreed to work together to ensure the safety of demonstrators, police officers, civilians and their property,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. “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.”
“It’s been our goal all along to have a safe, peaceful space for all to make their voices heard,” said Antonio Lee, founder of the Young Ambitious Activists. “Maintaining the peace is critical to making positive change in our community. I’m thankful that the San Antonio Police Department agreed to work with us to lift the curfew. We are looking forward to building a stronger and more transparent relationship with SAPD so that we can enact real change and make San Antonio a safer place.”
SAPD requests that demonstrators help maintain peaceful demonstrations by identifying instigators. If someone is engaging in criminal activity, such as throwing something or breaking a window, they should be reported to officers on the scene.
Participants are also reminded to practice social distancing whenever possible, wear a face covering and stay hydrated.
In addition, the City is offering free parking in most City-owned lots, garages & meters on weeknights from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. and all day on Saturdays and Sundays June through August. More information and a map of parking facilities is available here.