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Hundreds remained downtown Madison past curfew

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Hundreds of demonstrators and bystanders remained downtown past the 9:30 p.m. curfew, although the gathering remained peaceful past midnight.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway extended the city's curfew for two more nights.

The curfew extends from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

"It is also a priority to keep everyone in our community safe," Rhodes-Conway said. "I have had multiple long conversation with Chief [Vic] Wahl about the need for de-escalation and restraint."

The curfew applies to the area of the city on the isthmus. The area affected by the curfew extends from the Yahara River to Park and Lakeside streets.

All businesses in the area are ordered to close during the curfew.

The demonstration began following a news conference by Freedom Inc, Urban Triage, and Party for Socialism and Liberation downtown.

Several hundred people joined in the peaceful march down to John Nolen Drive.

Protesters were marching against police brutality and demanding community control over police.

The protests were sparked by the killing last week of George Floyd in Minneapolis while handcuffed by police.

Demonstrators remained on John Nolen Drive through rush hour, then moved to the Public Safety Building and the Capitol Square.

While the demonstrators were on John Nolen, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway also came to listen and show support.

"We're going to do everything we can to help," she said.

She also explained her reasoning for extending the curfew.

 "Even though there are a lot of people that feel like it doesn't help and doesn't keep people safe, it will help keep the majority of people safe. My top priority is keeping people safe," she said.

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