Floyd protest

A group of Bullhead City residents conduct a demonstration at the intersection of Hancock Road and Lakeside Drive on Monday night. The group defied Gov. Doug Ducey’s statewide 8 p.m. curfew but conducted a peaceful gathering in hopes of raising attention about the death of George Floyd. The group returned to the same intersection — but a different corner — for a daytime protest on Tuesday. 

BULLHEAD CITY — City officials explained during Tuesday’s council meeting that Gov. Doug Ducey’s curfew is meant to be used as a tool to prevent violence, looting and vandalism instead of keeping people from living their lives.

Some residents questioned why a group of people near the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Hancock Road were allowed to protest police brutality after 8 p.m. on Monday. Ducey’s order established the curfew to occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Other state and community leaders across the country also set curfews to prevent demonstrations from becoming violent — especially under the cover of darkness.

“We want to support law enforcement,” said City Manager Toby Cotter.

The killing on May 25 of George Floyd, a black man, by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota has sparked widespread outrage and protests, some of which have turned violent. 

Video of the incident posted to social media shows an officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck as Floyd was on the ground and begging the officer to stop because he couldn’t breathe and was in pain. 

Cotter asked the people in the council chamber this: “What we saw in Minneapolis is pretty sick, right?”

He went on to say that Bullhead City Police personnel “train.” 

Cotter also said, “it’s clear everyone here loves our community” and that Bullhead City has “a history of being inclusive.”

Mayor Tom Brady said the city will focus on enforcing “the intent of the law.” 

Brady also stated that the lawless acts occurring in other parts of the state and country that have surrounded some of the protests aren’t as likely to occur here. 

When it comes to dealing with any curfew violations, said Brady, residents should let the city be concerned about enforcement of it “if the time comes.” 

There were opposing groups protesting about the issue on Tuesday but Cotter also said there probably would be people doing more mundane things such as “playing pickleball” and “ordering pizza.” 

“We support our rights under the Constitution. ... We support more than one protest on the street,” Cotter noted. “But we will not tolerate anything that’s not peaceful.”

Police Chief Brian Williamson was busy working and unable to attend the council meeting.

The curfew could end Monday morning unless Ducey extends it.

COVID-19

As a result of the increase in local cases of COVID-19 during the past two weeks, the city will add an employee

who will work with local long-term care facilities. This person will assist such businesses with finding ways to curb the spread of the virus.

“Hundreds of precious people are living in these facilities and we don’t want them to get sick,” Cotter stressed. 

At least 21 local confirmed COVID-19 cases have occurred in two long-term care locations and the city doesn’t want to see that number continue its rapid increase, said Cotter.

The new employee will have a public health background and serve as a liaison between the long-term care providers and the city. 

The state regulates such facilities but managers at these locations expressed willingness to cooperate with a city employee, according to Cotter. 

Mohave County reported that, as of Tuesday, in the Bullhead City area there have been 107 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five deaths.  

In other business, the council members:

  • Adopted the tentative city budget for the upcoming 2020-2021 fiscal year that begins July 1. Final adoption of the nearly $93.8 million spending plan is scheduled to occur at 5:30 p.m. June 16. Copies of the budget are on the city’s website, Bullheadcity.com.
  • Approved modification of the lease between the city and the developer of the Holiday Inn Express under construction in the 1300 block of Silver Creek Road. The project no longer will be required to include an event center.

(8) comments

kenoj

Did anyone really think that Bullhead City would enforce a curfew? For that matter, enforce anything. When the state was on lock down, there were numerous businesses in Bullhead that defied the shut down order and continued on or figured out ways to side step the rules and laws, while Bullhead City just went about everyday with a blind eye and weak hand. What is irritating, is that the average normal everyday resident of the city will follow the rules and adhere to them as best they can. Then there are those that will always make attempts to ignore them, whereas we have the so called protestors out after curfew doing as they please without fear of reprisal because they know officials in Bullhead City are weak and would rather make interpretations of how or what laws or rules are suppose to be for rather than enforcing them.

Desert Bat

last night after "curfew", I drove to bring food and visit with a woman friend whop has three young children. She also has the coronavirus and is on a ventilator at home. We debated how to handle a late-night police pullover as I had to return home around 1 A.M. I even had to make a separate bank atm run for her. Not everyone out late at night is flaunting the law.

DETOUR > US 66

Good luck and good health to your friend. Any lockdown/curfew in your area would surely not include "essential" trips like you were making and hopefully the Tri-State police officers would understand this. These "lockdowns" need to stop NOW. This is the United States, not Communist China or North Korea.

gonzoman

I sure hope these "peaceful protest" in the county are not also supported by out of state or local Antifa members for cover testing the waters of law enforcement strenth, local participation for cover, and potential vandelism targets. As a retired anti-terrorist military officer leaders and law enforcement need to understand that our freedoms are being used as vehicles of terrorism occuring in major cities. If we're not vigilant don't prepare we will be targeted by outside/inside extremist.

plukasiak

the risk of anarchists exploiting legitimate protests is far less than the risk of authoritarians exploiting the small threat represented by "anarchists". We saw an example of it in DC, when Trump ordered a chemical attack on peaceful demonstrators in order to do a photo op. We are seeing more examples -- like bringing guards trained to deal with riots in federal prisons --- and not trained to deal with lawful protests in urban areas -- brought to DC by Trump and his authoritarian minions.

ChrisY

You may not like our President, but quit spreading misinformation . Tear gas was not used on the protestors. If he truly was an authoritarian, then he would have instituted marshal law in those cities where looting, arson , & assault on innocent people were occurring.

tclark

The CDC defines tear gas as:

What riot control agents are

Riot control agents (sometimes referred to as “tear gas”) are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin.

Several different compounds are considered to be riot control agents. The most common compounds are known as chloroacetophenone (CN) and chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile (CS). Other examples include chloropicrin (PS), which is also used as a fumigant (that is, a substance that uses fumes to disinfect an area); bromobenzylcyanide (CA); dibenzoxazepine (CR); and combinations of various agents.

Yep, it was tear gas that was used on the protesters. Full stop!

plukasiak

Good on Bullhead's police, who appear to have at least a passing familiarity with the State Constitution which states:

"Section 5. The right of petition, and of the people peaceably to assemble for the common good, shall never be abridged.ion, and of the people peaceably to assemble for the common good, shall NEVER be abridged." (emphasis added)

There is simply no justification for Ducey's declaration of a statewide curfew, given that there is zero evidence that there is any threat to public order whatsoever in most of the state, let alone a threat so serious that it could withstand the ABSOLUTE prohibition on our rights to "peaceably assemble".

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