Activists express concerns over curfew's negative impacts, while Phoenix Police chief defends it

From now until June 8, Arizona will be under a statewide, 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew.

The curfew was part of an executive order issued by Governor Doug Ducey on Sunday, and lists a number of exemptions for people. Officials in some Arizona cities and counties have said that they will not enforce the curfew.

The order came amid growing protest over police brutality and recent police-involved deaths. Besides protests in Phoenix and Scottsdale, unrest took place in various U.S. cities, including Salt Lake City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Tampa, and Minneapolis, where George Floyd's death occurred.

Mixed reaction to curfew

While Sunday night’s protest was noticeably calmer than the previous three nights, Phoenix Police chief Jeri Williams says the curfew helps keep peace on the streets.

"Over the course of 4 days, there was a steady increase in criminal behavior, property damage and things being thrown at officers, and what the curfew allowed us to do is separate those individuals who were here lawfully and tell them to leave, and the tools we need to go after those who were not here lawfully," said Chief Williams.

Civil rights groups, however, call Gov. Ducey's curfew a barrier, not a bridge.

"By imposing this curfew it curtails the rights of many to assemble and also breaks the line of communication the community has a lot to say and its disheartening to see officials aren’t listening. said Marcela Taracena with ACLU Arizona.

Officials with ACLU in Arizona say historically, curfews extend police more power to arrest people of color.

"It raises constitutional concerns because we know that curfews leads to arbitrary arrests, gives police a of discretion, but we also know it leads to over-policing," said Marcela.

Gov. Ducey has not answered questions from reporters about the curfew. FOX 10 has reached out Gov. Ducey’s office for an interview, but we were told he did not have time on Monday.