June 4, 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 including CVS, Colossal Cupcakes, and the Indians Team Shop were broken into. Some businesses were heavily damaged. Several 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.
6 p.m. update
Demonstrators are marching from the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center to the Fannie Lewis Community Park in the name of George Floyd.
2:30 p.m. update
The Cleveland curfew is not being extended and will expire Friday at 6 a.m.
1:45 p.m. update
People marched in Chagrin Falls following the death of George Floyd. They met at the high school and made their way to Riverside Park.
People also marched in Canton. You can see Dave Nethers’ Facebook Live, below:
1:15 p.m. update
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is requesting all Ohioans observe a moment of silence at 2 p.m. in remembrance of George Floyd.
The statewide moment of silence corresponds with the scheduled start of his memorial service in Minneapolis.
1 p.m. update
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Columbus Public Health is asking those who attended protests in downtown Columbus to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 after one demonstrator tested positive.
In the alert, CPH said the individual was asymptomatic on May 27 but still attended protests.
Those who become sick can get a free test, the alert states.
7 a.m. update
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Wednesday night was another peaceful night in Cleveland and the start to what many hope will be another day of business as usual downtown.
The curfew was lifted at 6 a.m. Thursday, but will go back into effect between 8 p.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday. Curfews are still in place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The city hasn’t announced whether curfews will be in effect this weekend.
Local attorney Mark Ondrejech has filed a complaint challenging the curfew and asking courts to issue a temporary restraining order against Mayor Frank Jackson and other city leaders from implementing further curfews.
The complaint claims that the extended curfew violates citizens’ rights and that Jackson doesn’t have the right to impose it.
The city of Cleveland has released the following statement on the filing:
“This evening, a Complaint and Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order was filed in Federal Court asking the Court to immediately restrain the City and others from implementing and enforcing any further curfews in the City of Cleveland. The City will respond to this action in Court. We have no further comment at this time.”