Nationwide-turned-local unrest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis PD custody has prompted an indefinite 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in Orlando and unincorporated Orange County. Speaking at a press event this afternoon, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings made the announcement after conferring with Sheriff John Mina following 48 hours of “lawlessness” in which some night-time protests led to the partial blocking of the 408, and some businesses violated. Demings, former Sheriff of Orange County, preceded his statement to the matter with a personal anecdote: “As an African American, a father of three African American males, grandfather of five children, one male, as the son of a man who was born in the south, who was born in Alabama and yet lives on at nearly 98 years old, the racism that we have in America I’ve certainly experienced. So I get it when it comes to understanding the call to action that we’re seeing all across America, but as we respond to that call to action, I believe that the response has to be one that is thoughtful and peaceful with a healthy respect for the rule of law. We cannot as a civilized society accept violence and destruction of the property of others, and so I stand with law enforcement officers who serve currently and in the past, as well as leaders across america who stand against the oppression and wrongful use of force on anyone, but certainly we see in america a disproportionate use of force against people of color, and so what I would say to all of those who are responding now in terms of the direct action response, it has to be one that is peaceful and nonviolent.” Demings said. Mayor Buddy Dyer also spoke, largely to the understanding of these protests, while maintaining a peaceful position in regard to the balance of crime and social justice. “I want to start by saying something that all Americans should agree on; what happened to George Floyd was horrific, it was unacceptable, and it wasn’t the first time. It follows the horrific deaths, or killings, of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other black Americans. As a community and as a nation we need to recognize why so many Americans are participating in these recent demonstrations and why they’re happening, they’re a result of the many inequities that exist in our country. Now I will tell you, as a white male I can’t stand here and tell you that I fully understand the hurt and the fear many people of color experience every single day in our country, but what I can say is that I see you, that I hear you, and that above all else, we will not remain silent; together, we will enact change by joining our voices. Demonstrations allow us to join together peacefully to speak out and have our voices heard,” Dyer said. “Unfortunately, last night, a small group of people brought violence to these peaceful demonstrations, putting others, putting themselves, and putting our officers in danger,” Dyer said. “I want to remind our residents, we support your demonstrations, we stand with you, we join our voices together with you, but we do not welcome violence of any type or hatred to our community. We should not overshadow our demands for change by bringing violence to these events, vandalism does not support a path to a better tomorrow,” Dyer said. While Mayor Dyer alleges that small groups of protesters instigated the violence and vandalism which led local leaders to agree on a curfew tonight, the same cannot be said for other parts of the country. Evidence compiled on social media shows a collection of law enforcement officers instigating violence against otherwise non-violent demonstrators. CONTENT WARNING: BODILY HARM Mobile users, see video here. Recorded in Minneapolis, what appear to be armed members of the National Guard can be heard saying “light ‘em up” before firing rubber bullets at people watching them march from a suburban porch. CONTENT WARNING: LOUD NOISES, BODILY HARM Mobile users, see video here. With the exception of footage depicting OPD’s use of tear-gas canisters on protesters blocking the 408 yesterday according to our news partner Channel 9, similar acts of brute force used against civilians have yet to come out of demonstrations in Orange County. This is a developing story.