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Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland issued an order Sunday declaring a local ‘State of Emergency’ for the City of Murfreesboro. The Order goes into effect at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.  A curfew took effect at 6:30 p.m.

The move comes after reports of police using tear gas on protesters near MTSU.

The protest that was held on the downtown square was peaceful, but the protesters moved off the square into town.

“As Mayor, I recognize and fully support the right of people to peacefully assemble and demonstrate,” said Mayor Shane McFarland. “The City is committed to securing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. “At the same time, others have engaged in unlawful activities that endanger peace and public safety. Safeguarding the lives of citizens, preventing significant damage to property, and protecting our law enforcement officers and emergency service providers is the reason I am declaring this local emergency.”

The declaration comes after a peaceful vigil Sunday afternoon.

The Mayor issued the order pursuant to special emergency powers granted to local governments pursuant to state law.  The order aids in the enforcement of the curfew through requests for mutual aid from other jurisdictions and by activating certain emergency-response provisions of the City Code.

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