SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Following a Saturday night of protests in Syracuse, some damage to downtown businesses occurred, and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh declared a State of Emergency and enacted a curfew immediately. That declaration was followed up on Sunday morning with another State of Emergency, this time from Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon.
What started as a peaceful protest for the unjust death of George Floyd around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, turned into a civil unrest late into the night.
According to Mayor Walsh, a small group of protestors smashed windows at the Syracuse Police Headquarters and at the Onondaga County Criminal Courthouse.
On Twitter, Syracuse Police said they respect the right for people to protest, but violence would not be tolerated.
Once buildings were being damaged, officers used non-lethal force to disperse the crowd of protestors. At a press conference Sunday, Buckner said his officers had to use pepper balls, which have a gas component to them, and rubber bullets to help disperse the situation.
Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner added that after Saturday night’s events, six people were arrested on either burglary or disorderly conduct charges. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported from the protests.
A press conference with local Syracuse leaders was held on Sunday to discuss the protests that took place Saturday night. To watch the full press conference, click on the video below.
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