Governor declares emergency; Little Rock curfew expanded

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In this Monday, April 27, 2020 photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes off his Arkansas Razorbacks facemark as he arrives for the daily coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol in Little Rock. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas governor has declared a state of emergency in response to continued demonstrations to protest the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. A statement from a spokeswoman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday the Republican governor acted to unify command of local and state police, the Arkansas National Guard and the state Department of Emergency Management. Mayor Frank Scott announced the new start of the nighttime curfew, a day after Arkansas authorities again used tear gas to break up protests outside the state Capitol.