CLEVELAND (WJW) — Protests continued across Northeast Ohio in the name of George Floyd who died in Minneapolis police custody a week ago.
Peaceful demonstrators gathered in Painesville Monday, marching through the streets in honor of justice. They were protesting police brutality and systemic racism.
This comes after residents rallied in Cleveland and Akron on Saturday. In Cleveland, protesters held signs, and shouted “No justice, no peace,” and “I can’t breathe.” At the demonstration in Akron, people kneeled in the street.
While both those protests began peacefully, they eventually turned violent.
Downtown businesses were looted and vandalized, leaving broken glass, graffiti and various destruction across the city.
Cleveland police said some tried to break windows at the building and officers reported being struck by projectiles. Several vehicles were set on fire including police cruisers. Police gave commands for the crowd to disperse, which were ignored by several demonstrators.
Several businesses including CVS, Colossal Cupcakes, and the Indians Team Shop were broken into. Some businesses were heavily damaged.
The chaos got so bad that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, at the request of the City of Cleveland and Cleveland police, activated the National Guard Saturday night to respond to the violent incidents and protect the citizens of Northeast Ohio.
Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson say the people who caused destruction to the City of Cleveland Saturday night will be brought to justice. Officials are reviewing video to see who caused all of the destruction.
**See video from both Cleveland and Akron protests, below**
Floyd’s death was captured on cell phone video. On Tuesday, four police officers involved in his arrest were fired. Later, the one who used his knee to pin Floyd down by his neck was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.