Live Blog: Local protests being held to speak out about death of George Floyd


June 5, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — The city is still cleaning up after violent protests in downtown Cleveland.

It all started with a demonstration in downtown Cleveland in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. It began peacefully before escalating Saturday afternoon.

Several businesses were heavily damaged, vehicles were set on fire and some officers were injured. There have been over 100 arrests in the Cleveland protests.

Check out the live blog below for continued updates in Cleveland and around the country throughout the day.

5 p.m. update:

Local protesters are continuing to march in the name of George Floyd and against police brutality.

More than a hundred people took part in a peaceful walk in Bay Village on Friday night.

A similar event was held in Medina with a smaller group.

4 p.m. update:

Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland said it has fired an employee after learning someone from their faculty posted “numerous inflammatory comments concerning race” on social media.

Here is the academy’s statement:

“Dear Saint Joseph Academy Community,

It came to my attention on Monday evening, June 1, 2020 that a member of our faculty had posted numerous inflammatory comments concerning race on social media that are in direct contradiction to the core values of the Congregation of St. Joseph and the values we hope to instill in the young women who attend Saint Joseph Academy. After investigating the matter, including conversations with various individuals and the faculty member, we determined that termination of employment was appropriate and that action was taken today.

We pledge to work hard to create a culture and environment that lifts up the value of each person in our school community and our world. Our call to action remains rooted in our need to see past our own perspective and to reach out to the dear neighbor without distinction as we work to bring all people into greater unity with one another and with God. We know we have work to do in this regard, and we pray for the wisdom and courage to live up to this call.

1: 00 p.m. update

FOX 8 I-Team reporter Peggy Gallek saw Cleveland city crews putting up what appears to be temporary barricades in an area where a protest is planned for Saturday.

12:00 p.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – At a press conference detailing FBI arrests on weekend riots, Cleveland Division of Police Chief Calvin Williams said five people were arrested Friday morning trying to break into Progressive Field. 

He said all five are from Ohio, but not from Cuyahoga County.

The five were spotted by Progressive Field security, according to Chief Williams.

Chief Williams believed the curfew that lifted this morning at 6 a.m. helped spot them. 

The five were arrested sometime between 3 and 7 a.m.

Chief Williams said they had protest signs, firestarter, and other items.

Williams said they’re also looking into several complaints against Cleveland officers.

11:30 a.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Downtown businesses are still repairing the damage caused by rioters from last weekend’s protests. 

Colossal Cupcakes protest damage

Some of those businesses said they may be out longer than expected due to all the damage. 

People were caught on video smashing the windows at Colossal Cupcakes on Euclid Avenue.

While the staff stayed in the bathroom, people took everything from the store.

The store was destroyed.

The owner of Colossal Cupcakes, Kelly Kandah, said it will take at least two months to reopen.

She also gave Fox 8 a detailed recollection of what happened as she and her workers hid while rioters broke in during the protests. 

Watch the video below for more: 

10 a.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Federal authorities are expected to announce charges against two people caught with weapons and materials to make incendiary devices during downtown protests. 

A press conference by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern Ohio District of Ohio’s office and Cleveland law enforcement officials have a press conference set for 11 a.m. Friday.

6:30 a.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Cleveland’s curfew enacted after protests turned violent over the weekend is set to expire at 6 a.m. Friday.

It was put in place as a Proclamation of Civil Emergency early Sunday morning and extended into the week.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says it will be reinstated if needed.

Thousands of people turned out to peacefully protest racial inequality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Some people in the group of protestors began throwing things at officers, and within hours police cars had been set on fire downtown and dozens of businesses damaged and looted.

More than 120 crimes occurred in downtown Cleveland last weekend, city report says

Cleveland attorney Mark Ondrejech filed the lawsuit Wednesday, arguing that the curfew implemented in response to the riots following the police violence protest in downtown Saturday violates citizens’ rights.

Cleveland attorney files lawsuit challenging curfew, requests temporary restraining order against city officials

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