The curfew will last from 8 p.m. at 5 am, said Breed. She said the state’s national guard will be “on standby” to assist with the application.
At a press conference on Saturday evening, Breed said that the criminal activity was “something we will not tolerate.”
“When he crosses the line, we have a responsibility to protect our city,” said Breed. “And we will do what we need to do to get there.” “
City officials described a day of peaceful protests that changed after dark with looted shops and broken windows.
“We have started to see criminal activity,” said San Francisco police chief Bill Scott. “We started to see vandalism on our police cars. We started to see attacks on our police. “
San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson said staff responded to “several intentional fires” as well as “victims of violence” and “other injured public safety officers” .
Officials did not say on Saturday evening how long the curfew will last or how it will be enforced.
“To be clear, this is the last thing I want to do as mayor,” said Breed. ” I want peace. I want to protest. But I don’t want the kind of violence and crime that we see happening on the streets of our city to continue. We have a responsibility to take care of it and that is exactly what we will do. “
Los Angeles was under curfew Saturday night, as were many major American cities, which nevertheless experienced violence.
Matt Kawahara is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @matthewkawahara