UPDATED, Tuesday, June 2 at 5:37 p.m.
The city of Berwyn has now imposed a curfew, effectve at 8 p.m. on June 2 and remaining in effect until 5 a.m. on June 3. Such curfews will be in effect, according to the notice, each night “until further notice.”
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 4:17 p.m.
The city of Berwyn has notified its residents that they should expect road closures along Cermak Road, Ogden Avenue and Harlem Avenue and that police will be dispersing all crowds this evening, but has specifically asked rsident not to initiate any police-type activity on their own.
“Our police department, fire department, and public works department are effectively containing the community situation at hand and respectfully ask residents NOT to engage in any community policing to ensure their safety,” the city’s notice states. “We DO ask that you continue to share any concerns or suspicious activity with police and facts and updates posted on our website and on Facebook page.”
The city also announced it was not enacting a curfew at this time, but was encouraging residents to stay home.
Pace will once again suspend bus service at 7 p.m. and expects to resume service at 6 a.m. on June 3.
With reports of demonstrations and potentially violent gatherings near the area, the village of North Riverside will extend its curfew to a third consecutive day on June 2. The curfew on Tuesday will begin at 3 p.m. and will run through 6 a.m. on June 3, according to an emergency notice sent to residents just before 1 p.m.
The curfew is being imposed “due to the possibility of additional disturbances from nearby communities,” the notice stated.
The notice did not identify where those demonstrations or violence were expected, but on June 1, Cicero experienced a wave of violence that resulted in 60 arrests and at least two people shot dead. A heavy police presence in that town and in Berwyn along Cermak Road and Roosevelt Road was able to contain the violence from spilling father west.
Most of the violence in Cicero appeared to be along the Cicero Avenue corridor between Cermak and Roosevelt.
“Residents coming home from work or other essential activities will be allowed to safely return to their homes after the curfew is in effect, but please stay home if possible.”
Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. said residents should expect measures similar to those taken on Monday to be taken again. Westbound traffic into the village on Cermak Road and 26th Street will be prohibited at Harlem Avenue.
The entrances to North Riverside Park Mall have been barricaded and businesses in the village have been advised to close their doors by 3 p.m. until further notice, according to Hermanek.
“Our police department is working in concert with other law enforcement agencies to continue protecting North Riverside.,” Hermanek said in the emergency notice. “Be assured, I consider your safety to be my paramount duty.”