Peaceful protests in Columbus on Thursday night became violent as police and some protesting clashed, and at one point some demonstrators broke windows at the Ohio Statehouse and went inside the building.
The protests were part of those around the country regarding the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Minneapolis man who died while he was restrained by a police officer who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck.
WCMH-TV reported that police used tear gas on the crowd as some protesters threw objects at officers.
WBNS-TV reported that protesters broke windows of local businesses near the intersection of North High Street and State Street, and that some broke into businesses on High Street.
Early Friday morning, police were on loudspeakers ordering people to leave the area and ordering the crowds to disperse.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther on Twitter Thursday evening acknowledged the protests and asked protesters to be peaceful.
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