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Curfew lifted, residents asked to stay alert for fires and potential unlawful activity

The curfew that was enacted in Kalamazoo on June 2 has been lifted effective immediately. No curfew will be in effect overnight on June 3 or moving forward. The 'peace zone' established downtown is also no longer in effect.

The National Guard, Michigan State Police, and other agencies will not be present in Kalamazoo unless future circumstances require further assistance. Public Safety will be conducting additional patrols throughout all neighborhoods and will be focused on patrolling around known vacant buildings.

The night of June 3, Public Safety responded to two separate fires, one of which spread to three additional homes. Fire crews were onsite for the North Street fire within two minutes of the first 911 call coming in, but the fire had already engulfed the building and was beginning to spread to three other structures.

One of the vacant residential buildings on North Street destroyed last night was about to be converted into 8 affordable apartments for low income families. The City of Kalamazoo is committed to working with the property owner and the neighborhood to see that those affordable apartments are built in the Northside neighborhood.

Lawful protests and demonstrations are welcome and encouraged in Kalamazoo.

Other groups have taken this moment to create chaos, destroy property, and engage in other criminal activity in our community.

Residents are asked to stay alert for potential criminal activity to assist law enforcement in addressing the individuals responsible for this activity. This will help protect residents, homes, and property in every neighborhood in the city and differentiate people engaging in legitimate, needed protests from people seeking to cause destruction and harm in our community.

 


Se levantó el toque de queda, los residentes pidieron mantenerse alerta ante incendios y posibles actividades ilegales

El toque de queda que se promulgó en Kalamazoo el 2 de junio se levantó de inmediato. No se aplicará el toque de queda durante la noche del 3 de junio o en adelante. La "zona de paz" establecida en el centro tampoco está vigente.

La Guardia Nacional, la Policía Estatal de Michigan y otras agencias no estarán presentes en Kalamazoo a menos que las circunstancias futuras requieran más asistencia. Public Safety realizará patrullas adicionales en todos los vecindarios y se centrará en patrullar alrededor de edificios vacantes conocidos.

La noche del 3 de junio, Seguridad Pública respondió a dos incendios separados, uno de los cuales se extendió a tres hogares adicionales. Los bomberos estaban en el lugar para el incendio de North Street a los dos minutos de la primera llamada al 911, pero el incendio ya había envuelto el edificio y comenzaba a extenderse a otras tres estructuras.

Uno de los edificios residenciales vacantes en North Street destruido anoche estaba a punto de convertirse en 8 apartamentos asequibles para familias de bajos ingresos. La ciudad de Kalamazoo se compromete a trabajar con el propietario y el vecindario para asegurarse de que esos apartamentos asequibles se construyan en el vecindario de Northside.

Las protestas y manifestaciones legales son bienvenidas y alentadas en Kalamazoo.

Otros grupos han aprovechado este momento para crear caos, destruir propiedades y participar en otras actividades criminales en nuestra comunidad.

Se pide a los residentes que se mantengan alertas ante posibles actividades delictivas para ayudar a las fuerzas del orden a abordar a las personas responsables de esta actividad. Esto ayudará a proteger a los residentes, hogares y propiedades en cada vecindario de la ciudad y a diferenciar a las personas que participan en protestas legítimas y necesarias de personas que buscan causar destrucción y daño en nuestra comunidad.

City of Kalamazoo Declares City-Wide Curfew Starting Tuesday, June 2 at 7pm

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The City of Kalamazoo has instituted a State of Local Emergency as of last night, and a curfew starting Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm.

The curfew goes into effect city-wide at 7:00 pm Tuesday evening through 5:00 am the next day. The curfew will be in place for seven days but may be rescinded or shortened if the situation warrants.

Beginning at 4:00 pm Tuesday Public Safety officers will begin establishing a peace zone in the downtown area by closing some streets and informing individuals of the need to vacate city streets and sidewalks by 7:00 pm. The zone will be bounded by Michigan Avenue, Portage Street, Lovell Street, and Park Street. Residents travelling in this downtown area will be required to show proof of residency to enter into the peace zone.

During the curfew individuals walking, running, standing or using all modes of transportation upon City streets, alleys, roads, highways, and public property is prohibited between 7:00 pm through 5:00 am. The curfew only applies to public property.

Exceptions are for individuals travelling directly to and from their place of employment, or seeking emergency medical care. Also exempt are all law enforcement, fire, medical personnel, or officials designated by duty or office with reference to said emergency, and credentialed members of the news media.

Violations of the curfew is considered a misdemeanor (up to $500 fine and / or 90 days in jail).

The curfew comes after a night of protests that resulting in the destruction of property in downtown Kalamazoo including 25 vandalized businesses, three suspicious fires, and damage to police cruisers. It is intended to help preserve safety for the community as a whole, and to help prevent a repeat of the destruction experienced Monday evening in downtown Kalamazoo.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will be assisted by the Michigan State Police Bike Team and the National Guard, who will be serving in a peace keeping capacity only. The MSP Bike Team will help patrol inside the zone and the National Guard will assist with street closures and curfew compliance. Support from these two agencies will help KDPS to respond to other calls to service.

Kalamazoo Public Safety and the City of Kalamazoo supports everyone’s right to protest and have their voices heard. Community members are asked to voluntarily comply with the curfew and peace zone to prevent further damage or injury in our community.

Anyone with information about criminal activity that took place on Monday are asked to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (269) 488-8911 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or silentobserver.org.

La ciudad de Kalamazoo declara toque de queda en toda la ciudad a partir del martes 2 de junio a las 7 p.m.

La ciudad de Kalamazoo ha instituido un estado de emergencia local a partir de la noche anterior, y un toque de queda a partir del martes 2 de junio a las 7:00 pm.

El toque de queda entra en vigencia en toda la ciudad a las 7:00 pm del martes por la noche hasta las 5:00 am del día siguiente. El toque de queda estará vigente durante siete días, pero puede ser anulado o acortado si la situación lo amerita.

A partir de las 4:00 pm del martes, los oficiales de Seguridad Pública comenzarán a establecer una zona de paz en el centro cerrando algunas calles e informando a las personas sobre la necesidad de desalojar las calles y aceras de la ciudad antes de las 7:00 pm. La zona estará delimitada por Michigan Avenue, Portage Street, Lovell Street y Park Street. Los residentes que viajen en esta área del centro deberán presentar un comprobante de residencia para ingresar a la zona de paz.

Durante el toque de queda, las personas que caminan, corren, se paran o usan todos los medios de transporte en las calles, callejones, carreteras, autopistas y propiedades públicas de la ciudad están prohibidas entre las 7:00 p.m. y las 5:00 a.m. El toque de queda solo se aplica a la propiedad pública.

Las excepciones son para personas que viajan directamente hacia y desde su lugar de trabajo, o que buscan atención médica de emergencia. También están exentos todos los agentes de la ley, bomberos, personal médico u oficiales designados por turno u oficina con referencia a dicha emergencia, y miembros acreditados de los medios de comunicación.

Las infracciones del toque de queda se consideran un delito menor (multa de hasta $ 500 y / o 90 días en la cárcel).

El toque de queda se produce después de una noche de protestas que provocó la destrucción de propiedades en el centro de Kalamazoo, incluidos 25 negocios destrozados, tres incendios sospechosos y daños a los cruceros de la policía. Su objetivo es ayudar a preservar la seguridad de la comunidad en su conjunto y ayudar a prevenir una repetición de la destrucción experimentada el lunes por la noche en el centro de Kalamazoo.

El Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Kalamazoo contará con la asistencia del Equipo de Bicicletas de la Policía del Estado de Michigan y la Guardia Nacional, quienes prestarán servicios únicamente para mantener la paz. El equipo de bicicletas de MSP ayudará a patrullar dentro de la zona y la Guardia Nacional ayudará con el cierre de calles y el cumplimiento del toque de queda. El apoyo de estas dos agencias ayudará a KDPS a responder a otras llamadas de servicio.

Kalamazoo Public Safety y la ciudad de Kalamazoo apoyan el derecho de todos a protestar y hacer oír sus voces. Se les pide a los miembros de la comunidad que cumplan voluntariamente con el toque de queda y la zona de paz para evitar mayores daños o lesiones en nuestra comunidad.

Cualquier persona con información sobre actividades delictivas que tuvo lugar el lunes debe comunicarse con el Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Kalamazoo al (269) 488-8911 o al Observador Silencioso al (269) 343-2100 o silentobserver.org.

Statement from Mayor, City Manager, and Public Safety Chief Regarding Events in Minneapolis

Mayor David Anderson, City Manager Jim Ritsema, and Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas have released the following statement regarding the death of George Floyd and the events that have followed in Minneapolis:

"The heartbreaking use of force incident in Minneapolis by those sworn to protect and serve has shocked the conscience. There may be more information yet available, but the videos we have seen make it clear the actions and inactions of the officers involved were unacceptable. We must be willing to denounce actions that are wrong to continue to build trust within our communities and create a more equitable and just future.

This latest tragedy, and other recent events nationally, have caused many to question the commitment, training and dedication of our local law enforcement. Kalamazoo’s Public Safety Officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether suspect, witness or complainant, with dignity and respect. It is a core principle of police legitimacy and procedural justice, areas in which we continually train our officers. Utilizing ideologies of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Program (EDIP), Kalamazoo Public Safety is committed to promoting positive police-citizen interactions. Their service to our community is purpose-driven to developing mutual trust, respect and understanding both internally and externally. We know that policing in Kalamazoo requires a partnership between the community and its officers.

Kalamazoo Public Safety strives to employ officers who are compassionate, empathetic and brave enough to tackle the enormous challenges they face daily. They are trained in de-escalation techniques to have the safest outcomes, for citizens and officers, to resolve situations. The oversight and systems in place allow for the tracking and monitoring to address issues, whether through training or discipline. Kalamazoo Public Safety is currently in the process of Police Accreditation to ensure national best practices and up-to-date policies.

We are proud of the work and improvements we’ve made here in Kalamazoo through a commitment to working together. We also know that there is much more work to do. 

We understand the need and the right to protest and urge for those voices to be heard in a peaceful manner. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd and all that have been impacted by this tragic event."

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