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Columbus Police Blame 'Miscommunication' After Announcing Traffic Restrictions

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers with gas masks guard the front of the Ohio Statehouse on May 31, 2020.
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Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers with gas masks guard the front of the Ohio Statehouse on May 31, 2020.

Columbus Police say "there are currently no street closures anywhere" following confusion over an alert announcing the restriction of traffic into the city.

Deputy Chief Tim Becker on Twitter apologized for confusion caused by the since-deleted tweet.

"Just walked around downtown and traffic is flowing freely," Becker wrote. "Miscommunication has been corrected. Nothing more," he added.

In the original tweet, Columbus Police said wrote: "Inbound traffic into the city is temporarily halted. Outbound traffic is allowd. Have a work and/or personal ID on hand in your vehicle. Thank you for your patience & understanding."

A police dispatcher said she thought the restrictions only applied to downtown.

Messages have been left with the Columbus Division of Police and Mayor Andrew Ginther's office.

On Sunday, Columbus was placed under curfew for a second consecutive night, from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Hours ahead of the curfew, Columbus Police used tear gas and wooden projectiles to break up crowds protesting the killing of George Floyd, escalating conflict after a day of mostly-peaceful demonstrations.