Last minute curfew order upsets protesters
Last updated 6/2/2020 at 11:37pm
A small group of peaceful protesters were turned away from demonstrating at Crest City Hall Tuesday night.
The reason they were given was that Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman issued an emergency order to reinstate a curfew that had previously been lifted for the city.
Crest Hill Police Officer Justin O'Brien calmly explained the situation to the group.
"We didn't have the curfew until 10 minutes," he told the group. "(The mayor) has the power to put out an emergency order and he just put that out to us."
Eventually, Deputy Police Chief Brad Hertzman arrived on scene, and the crowd dispursed.
Prior to the group heading from the Jewel-Osco on Larkin Avenue to Crest Hill city hall, the entrance to the building was secured by one police SUV. As the group made its way over, barricades, additional police cars and a piece of heavy machinery were moved in to block the city hall entrance.
As of 11:30 p.m. the City of Crest Hill website was still not updated with the emergency ordered and still had a visible post from 1:32 p.m. which read, "There are not any credible threats to the City at this time. The Crest Hill Police Department continues to monitor the situation and is keeping in constant contact with our surrounding communities to share information. The safety of our community is our greatest priority. The Police Department has added extra resources for extra patrols tonight. As always if you See Something / Say Something and contact the Crest Hill Police for assistance when needed."