On March 28, 2020, hundreds of people took to the streets in downtown Columbus to protest the death of George Floyd.
Floyd’s case involved a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck during an arrest on May 25.
The incident sparked a massive riot in Minneapolis which has galvanized other demonstrations across the nation.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, 300 protesters blocked the intersections and there was a heavy police presence in downtown Columbus.
The protests were originally calm, but became disorderly late on the night of March 28, according to reports. WCMH Channel 4 reporter Eric Halperin reported that protesters started smashing windows at the Statehouse downtown and some were able to break inside the building. Halperin reported that law enforcement moved in to protect the Statehouse.
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