40 arrests, 7 officers injured following a violent night in Boston
BOSTON, M.A. (WLNE) – At last check, Boston Police say there have been 40 arrests made, while 7 officers were injured following a violent night across many parts of the city.
Multiple demonstrations were held as many gathered peacefully throughout the day in the city of Boston, angered by the death of George Floyd.
The atmosphere of these protests changed dramatically after sunset when a crowd of thousands began to disperse from the State House.
Looting was seen in multiple areas, including Downtown Crossing and on Newbury Street.
At least one police officer was set on fire, with multiple police vehicles damaged.
At one point, a car drove through a crowd of protesters. No word on injuries caused by this incident just yet.
State Police and the National Guard were called in for backup and were seen firing pepper balls into crowds to disperse people.
One protester said, “Everyones saying ‘peaceful protesting’ but we have tried that before in the 1900’s and we tried today and still nothing works. and until we get that justice we deserve, there will be no peace.”
Both the Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued messages supporting the protests, but condemning the violence.
Walsh said in part of his statement, “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.”
Even some Boston Celtics players were seen at many of the demonstrations around the city last night.
Celtics players Enes Kanter, Marcus Smart and Vincent Poirier were seen at protests in the city Sunday.
Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to his hometown of Atlanta to lead a peacful protest over the weekend.
Kanter was seen wearing his green number 11 Celtics jersey. The 7 foot tall Kanter, who is from Turkey originally and known for speaking out against his country and government, was seen at one point speaking on a microphone to the demonstrators around him.
The Celtics organization released a statement, saying in part, “Hopes for a new normal where every citizen is afforded the same rights.”