UPDATE: Lynchburg officials announce mandatory 8 p.m. curfew, LPD to enforce starting June 2

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UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: The Lynchburg Police Department (LPD) will begin enforcing the new mandatory curfew ordinance on Tuesday, June 2 between the hours of 8 p.m. – 6 a.m. until further notice.

Under the curfew, people should not be present on any street, road and park with the following exceptions:

  • Persons traveling to and from home, work, or places of worship
  • Hospital personnel
  • Members of the press
  • State and City of Lynchburg employees and volunteers
  • Military personnel including, but not limited to, National Guard troops
  • Employees of public utility companies
  • Private emergency medical transport workers
  • Persons seeking emergency services
  • Homeless persons

A violation of the curfew will be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

UPDATE 5:26 p.m.: Lynchburg City Council voted Monday afternoon to enact a mandatory 8 p.m. curfew.

The city originally announced that the curfew was voluntary earlier Monday afternoon. Since the curfew has become mandatory, the city is telling police to be lenient with offenders.

The ordinance has an August 31 sunset clause.

UPDATE 2:06 p.m.: During Monday’s news conference, city officials announced a voluntary curfew for the City of Lynchburg until officials have the means necessary to implement a mandatory curfew amid recent protests.

Due to the violent actions by some people during Sunday night’s protests — which Lynchburg Police referred to as riots — Lynchburg will see a heavy police presence until further notice.

In addition, the Lynchburg Police Department announced the two officers injured during Sunday night’s protest — one of whom was hit in his face shield while the other was hit in the shin — were both released from the hospital.

UPDATE 12:35 p.m.: Lynchburg Mayor Treney Tweedy and other city officials will hold a news conference in the at 1 p.m. on Monday to discuss both national protests and the local protest that took place Sunday night in the area of Fifth and Federal Station.

UPDATE 8:39 a.m.: Cleanup efforts are underway outside Fifth and Federal after Sunday night’s protest.

WFXR News spoke with several community members who say they’re in shock following the destructive events that took place overnight.

UPDATE 8:23 a.m.: The owner of Fifth and Federal Station apologized for Wednesday’s controversial tweet that sparked a destructive protest in Lynchburg Sunday night.

“I’m extraordinarily sorry. It was completely foolish,” says Josh Read, the restaurant’s owner.

According to Read, the tweet wasn’t meant to have any racial intent. However, says he is willing to speak with community members about their frustrations over the post.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) –Amid this weekend’s protests, a Forest brewery announced a decision Sunday to suspend food operations with a Lynchburg restaurant following a controversial tweet earlier in the week.

More than 100 people gathered outside Fifth and Federal Station in Lynchburg on Sunday, May 31 for a protest that lasted into the early morning hours on Monday, June 1. The protest revolved around the the issue of “Black Lives Matter” versus “All Lives Matter” that sparked from a reply to a tweet that Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. posted on Wednesday, May 27.

Falwell’s tweet expressed his opposition to Gov. Ralph Northam’s mandate for all Virginia citizens to wear masks in public places.

Falwell responded, “I will reluctantly comply, but only if this picture of Governor Blackface himself is on it,” sharing a picture of the blackface yearbook photo that sparked controversy last year.

In response to the tweet, Fifth and Federal replied Wednesday, “If you get extra made let us know! We would offer them to our staff as a mask option!”

On Sunday afternoon, Apocalypse Ale Works and Beer Garden announced on Facebook the suspension of food operations at the beer garden, which is where Fifth and Federal served food on Fridays and Saturdays.

“We have been made aware and are deeply disappointed by the statements made by 5th and Federal’s Twitter,” Apocalypse Ale Works and Beer Garden posted on Sunday. “Although they serve out of our location on Friday & Saturday, we are separate entities and in absolutely NO WAY condone any kind of racist symbolism, or behavior.”

In addition, protesters gathered outside Fifth and Federal on Sunday and chanted “Cancel Fifth and Federal.”

Owner Josh Read declined to comment on Sunday, but said he would later send a statement.

However, the protest eventually turned violent over the course of the night, with Lynchburg police officers and state troopers at the scene to warn protesters to leave or get arrested around 1 a.m. on Monday before deploying smoke a few minutes later.

Over the course of the night, several Lynchburg police officers were injured — including one who ended up being hospitalized — and two people were arrested.

“The LPD respects the right to peacefully protest. When those protests turn violent and threaten the safety of our community, we must take action, as we did tonight,” the Lynchburg Police Department stated in a news release on Monday, June 1. “Failing to take action would threaten the safety of the peaceful protesters, the uninvolved public, and our officers.”

On Monday morning, WFXR’s Breana Albizu visited Fifth and Federal Station and found broken windows, scattered bricks, torn signs, and more, with damage even extending to the neighboring Adams Motor Company.

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