8 Arrested in Phoenix During Night of Protests

May 29, 2020 - 1:48 pm

A large protest in downtown Phoenix over the death of Minnesota man George Floyd resulted in multiple arrests on Thursday night.

On Friday, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams held a press conference and said eight people were arrested for unlawful assembly. In addition, one motorist was cited for civil traffic violation, reported ABC15.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams is holding a press conference after Thursday night's protests: bit.ly/3gsic1P

Posted by ABC15 Arizona on Friday, May 29, 2020

What started as a peaceful protest escalated as tensions rose throughout the evening.

A group of protesters arrived at the state capitol and attempted to enter the closed building.

At one point, protestors threw rocks and bottles at officers, before Arizona Department of Public Safety dispersed the crowds, said Phoenix police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.

This is the moment protesters smashed a phoenix police cruiser’s rear windshield.
It’s what led to officers jumping out in riot gear & dispersing pepper spray, firing rubber bullets @ABC15 pic.twitter.com/KaTsWFiMAc

— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCrenshaw) May 29, 2020

There was damage to at least five police vehicles, several bus stops and to windows of Phoenix Police Department headquarters.

Two police officers were taken to the hospital with “heat-related complications” and later released.

Floyd’s death while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests in Minneapolis and across the country.

On Friday, Derek Chauvin, the officer who appears to kneel his full weight on Floyd's neck while he begged for help, gasping that he couldn't breathe, was charged with 3rd Degree Murder and Manslaughter.

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