COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Demonstrators returned to downtown Columbus on Friday to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
A large group marched up and down High and Broad streets while chanting Floyd’s name.
Police and protesters faced off at Columbus City Hall. At about 9:30 p.m., officers told everyone to leave the area, forming a line and moving down the street to clear people.
At just after 11 p.m., Columbus police tweeted an update: Five people were arrested and two officers were injured by protesters who were throwing rocks and bricks at them. Police said protesters also were setting off fireworks and inducing panic, as well as breaking windows at businesses.
Earlier, the demonstrators separated into smaller groups.
Friday’s gathering appeared smaller than the clash with police that happened Thursday night. That’s when what began as a peaceful protest escalated when people threw objects and smashed windows. Protesters also attempted to storm the Ohio Statehouse. Officers responded with tear gas.
**Watch video from Thursday night’s protests, below; continuing coverage on George Floyd, here**
Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest Monday.
That police officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday responded to Floyd’s death, saying we all have a responsibility to stand up and say we won’t tolerate this type of conduct.
“I want to make sure that, as Governor of Ohio, I say to every African American man, woman, and child – you are valued and an essential part of this community,” DeWine said. “I acknowledge that I hear the voices of frustration. I receive those words and emotions with empathy and a commitment to seek solutions and justice when it is denied.”
The governor acknowledged that protesting and exercising First Amendment rights is an important part of Ohio’s civic rights, but asked that citizens protest peacefully, stating that violence puts lives at stake.