Violence erupts in downtown Boston following peaceful State House rally

The city was a scene of violence and destruction after a peaceful protest earlier Sunday in response to George Floyd's death.

A Boston Firefighter prepares to put out a burning Boston Police car on Tremont Street. Matthew J Lee/Globe Staff

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Incidents of violence in downtown Boston followed the end of a peaceful protest that drew thousands to the Massachusetts State House.

Earlier Sunday, protesters gathered to call for justice in the death of George Floyd, the Black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

Clashes with police, vandalism, and looting began Sunday night as many departed the State House rally.

Warning: Numerous photos and videos below show violence. 

A man is arrested in downtown Boston.


A protester is pinned by police in downtown Boston.

A person poses for a photo in front of a burning Boston Police car on Tremont Street.

Police officers stand in front of a business with a demolished window.

A man reacts after being hit with pepper spray by police.

People throw items at a police car passing the State House in Boston on Sunday night.





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