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Bellevue declares state of emergency, imposes curfew

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 23:54:24-04

The village president of Bellevue declared a state of emergency Monday and ordered a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, which will begin Monday night. The curfew order ends June 3, according to the emergency proclamation.

"[A]n emergency exists within the Village of Bellevue and the greater Green Bay area resulting from civil commotion, disturbances, looting, and rioting..." read the emergency proclamation.

The proclamation mentioned "credible threats of damage and looting to area businesses..."

Would-be looters sent scouts to area businesses, to essentially surveil the locations with the goal of dividing the police force, Bellevue Village Administrator Diane Wessel said police relayed to her.

Peaceful protests on Sunday afternoon turned into a nighttime scene of violence and looting at a Green Bay gas station, Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith said Monday.

Bellevue's curfew order reads:

"All persons shall cease vehicular and pedestrian travel on the public way, streets, sidewalks, and highways and return to their homes, places of work, or other convenient place."

Exemptions include government and emergency personnel, utility providers, and medical workers.

Anyone escaping domestic violence is exempt from the order.