Massive looting in the city center drowning the message of peaceful protesters by George Floyd – CBS Philly

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Looting and arson have plagued Center City as peaceful protests against the death of George Floyd have turned violent in Philadelphia. The Starbucks pop-up in Dilworth Park outside City Hall was burned down on Saturday afternoon.

Several police vehicles were also set on fire during the protests.

Massive looting took place in Center City, including Nordstrom Rack, Boyds and Sephora.

People jumped into store windows and stole whatever they could get their hands on. There was also a burning car in the middle of Chestnut Street.

The looting scenes now stifle the message of the start of the day.

“We really have to change the story and we really have to stop the cops from killing and escaping black men and black women,” said protester Camille Murphy.

“Enough is enough,” added protester Essence Fields. ” That’s it. I am a mother, I am a sister, I am a girl, I am a woman and that’s enough. “

Thirteen officers were injured, ranging from chemical burns to sprains. Over a dozen arrests have been made.

“I have never seen a group of people exercise more restraint, enduring what they bear – spitting on it, bottles thrown on them, urine thrown on them, caustics and balloons thrown into eyes, “said Mayor Jim Kenney.

Kenney has a mandatory citywide curfew starting at 8 p.m. tonight and until 6 a.m. on Sunday. The curfew will take effect on Sunday from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Monday. Meanwhile, people can only leave their homes to go to work in essential businesses or seek medical care or police assistance, said Kenney.

“The peaceful protests that took place earlier were a touching manifestation of our collective pain,” said Kenney. “The anger displayed now cannot continue. Please have respect and dignity for each other and go home. “

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Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said she may have to extend the curfew for the rest of the weekend and possibly until next week.

Demonstrations began at noon outside City Hall. Hundreds of people knelt in silence in honor of Floyd. This decision was symbolic. Floyd died after an argument with a Minneapolis policeman who knelt on the neck.

“If God gives you life, who are you to take another person’s life? Said protester Winnie Weh.

Later that day, nearly 3,000 people demonstrated peacefully and demonstrated at the Art Museum.

“There were people from all walks of life, young, old, even children. White, black, Asian. It was great, “said Murphy.

But despite how the message of the day was literally burned down, peaceful protesters want you to know one thing.

“We have a problem in our hands. It’s public health. Racism is systemic. He is killing us silently and violently, “said Fields.

Howard Monroe of CBS3 contributed to this report.



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