BOSTON (WPRI) — Demonstrations over the death of George Floyd became increasingly violent in Boston Sunday night.
A police cruiser was set on fire and there were reports of glass bottles and frozen water bottles being thrown at police officers.
The Boston Police Department took to social media just before eleven o’clock saying, “The time for protesting is over. The peaceful protest ending hours ago.”
Earlier in the day, thousands peacefully marched through the city, carrying signs and chanting, “No justice no peace” and “black lives matter.”
Massachusetts State Police are assisting Boston police with crowd control in the downtown area. A spokesperson for the department said troopers have been holding a perimeter around the State House all night and will continue to do so.
State police said one protester was arrested just before 9:30 p.m. after trying to scale the fence at the State House.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a statement Sunday night thanking protesters who exercised their right to free speech effectively, but went on to condemn the night’s violence.
“I am angered, however, by the people who came into our city and chose to engage in acts of destruction and violence, undermining their message,” Walsh said. “If we are to achieve change and if we are to lead the change, our efforts must be rooted in peace and regard for our community.”
Mayor Walsh thanked the Boston Police Department and other agencies for their professionalism while working to keep the city safe.
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