Protesters hold signs and walk past a line of police in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, May 28, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. Columbus police used pepper spray to disperse protesters after some threw plastic bottles of water, smoke bombs and other items at police. Windows at the Statehouse and in bus stations along High Street were shattered, trash cans were tossed and decorative planters wrecked.
Photo: Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP
Photo: Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP

Some George Floyd protesters storm Ohio Statehouse in Columbus 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

We will continue to update this breaking news story.

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