PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public Safety has declared an unlawful assembly downtown.
We have declared an unlawful assembly Downtown. This follows repeated acts of violence, property damage and looting of businesses, which is ongoing. Residents please stay home. Businesses should close. If you are Downtown, leave the area. https://t.co/bGzF3ZeWEQREAD MORE: Street Closures Coming To Downtown Pittsburgh On Tuesday And Wednesday For Filming Of Movie
— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) May 30, 2020
They are urging residents to stay home and businesses to close.
The protests began around 2:30 p.m., with hundreds of people making their way downtown, chants of “Don’t Shoot,” “Black Lives – They Matter Here,” and Floyd’s famous last words “I can’t breathe” were chorused by the crowds of people marching with signs in the streets.READ MORE: Lou Barletta Signs Anti-Tax Pledge In GOP Campaign For Governor Of Pennsylvania
Around 4:00 p.m., the protests went from peaceful to violent.
Protestors lit two Pittsburgh Police cruisers on fire and vandalized the area around the Mario Lemieux statue outside of PPG Paints Arena.
Also, according to KDKA’s Royce Jones, as protestors moved toward I-579, some people were throwing rocks at Pennsylvania State Police cars.MORE NEWS: Lawrenceville Church Vandalized With Graffiti
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