The City of Asheville (NC) declared a city-wide state of emergency and an 8pm to 6am curfew beginning tonight.
Requires individual to remain at home with the exception of medical emergencies and acquiring goods or services that are necessary to sustain the well-being of themselves or their families;
Does not apply to medical professionals, public safety workers, medical or healthcare workers, military personnel, public transportation personnel, public utilities personnel, and media;
Restricts travel within the city limits of Asheville;
Violators will be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor.
This comes after two evenings of protests that went from peaceful to not-peaceful.
The first night of demonstrations in Asheville May 31 caused the shutdown of interstate traffic, but were less violent and destructive than many other protests happening around the nation that have included the shooting of officers and at least one death.
On Monday night, Asheville protesters did not march but the intensity ramped up with guns brandished and fired and more property damage near the city center….
But after hours of peaceful protest, the night ended in a series of tear gas canisters and eventually gunfire.
You can see things start to deteriorate in this video from local TV station WLOS. We were watching parts of it live last night and I thought reporter Caitlyn Penter was going to suffer whiplash the way her head was swiveling back and forth.
You can see some of the damage to downtown Asheville in the next video taken a couple of hours ago. As the reporter notes, much of the damage was sustained by home-grown businesses just starting to get back on their feet after the stay-at-home orders were eased.
All I can say is that I’m glad I live miles away from downtown Asheville and live outside the city limits. And as always, we keep our doors locked as a matter of course.