After protests Thursday night which began peacefully but later became violent, protesters again gathered in Columbus, this time with crowds gathering in the area of the downtown Columbus Division of Police headquarters and an intersection on the east side of the city.
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Video from the Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV posted to their Facebook pages showed protesters chanting and holding signs around the intersection of Lockbourne Road and East Livingston Avenue, at times moving into the intersection and blocking traffic.
The Dispatch reported that the crowd gathered at that location both to protest the death of George Floyd and the Wednesday arrest of Christopher Radden, who was charged with assaulting a police officer on that corner while protesting Floyd's death.
WBNS-TV reported that another group was demonstrating at the police headquarters in downtown Columbus.
A little after 9 p.m., on WBNS-TV’s video police at the downtown protest could be heard announcing an emergency had been declared in the area and ordering protesters to disperse.
One protester could be seen lighting off a firework, which exploded above the street.
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The violence at Thursday night’s protest caused damage to the Ohio Statehouse, as well as businesses, bus stops, trash cans and benches along High Street.
Protests were sparked by the Minneapolis death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody while restrained by a police officer who kept a knee on his neck.
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After calling for peaceful protests on Twitter at the start of yesterday’s demonstrations, today Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther again took to social media.
He wrote it had been a “hard 24 hours” and retweeted a post from a Columbus Dispatch writer who quoted minority leaders and said vandalism and violence were not the answer.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this story with any new information.