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Curfew ends in downtown Salt Lake City, 400 South still closed near protest site

By Linda Williams, KSL.com | Updated - Jun. 1, 2020 at 1:55 p.m. | Posted - Jun. 1, 2020 at 6:42 a.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City's curfew expired Monday at 6 a.m.

Streets were quiet, including near 400 South and 200 East, where a couple of members of the National Guard and law enforcement remained, according to KSL TV.

The intersection became the main site of Saturday protests honoring George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis last week. Protesters flipped and burned a police car at the 400 S. 200 East intersection Saturday afternoon.

A portion of eastbound 400 South remained closed near State Street, KSL NewsRadio reported. Eastbound lanes in the area are not expected to reopen until at least 4 p.m. Monday, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall set the curfew in place for 8 p.m. Saturday after the protests turned dangerous.

Police arrested 46 people, most of them for failing to disperse. Some were arrested for assaulting police officers and others for curfew violations.

Protesters dispersed shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday after protests started out peaceably in Salt Lake City that morning but escalated by Saturday evening. Twenty-one police officers were treated for medical issues from Saturday’s protests; the most common was heat exhaustion.

Protesters vandalized stores, burned vehicles and threw objects. Streets were calm and quiet Sunday morning as cleanup began in some areas.

Another protest, organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation Salt Lake, or PSL, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Washington Square Park in Salt Lake City. It is unclear how many people plan to attend.

The PSL group said in a Facebook post Monday afternoon that they are committed to making the evening's protest a peaceful event. The group has also been coordinating with local organizations and other people to provide security and first aid that may be needed at the event.

"We can’t predict everything that will happen but we aim for this event to be short, safe, and political," the group said in the post.

This article will be updated.

Contributing: Shara Park, KSL TV; Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com

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