Police: About 40 people arrested, 7 officers transported to hospitals after protests turned violent

"Many more" officers were treated at the scene, according to Boston police.

Police officers stand in front of a business with a demolished window.
Police officers stand in front of a business with a demolished window. –AP Photo/Steven Senne

Boston police say about 40 people were arrested and at least seven officers were injured related to the protests that turned violent in the city on Sunday night. 

Police said as of 3 a.m. on Monday that “many more” officers were treated at the scene and 21 police cruisers were damaged. 

The unrest began around 9 p.m. and followed after thousands gathered earlier in the day for peaceful protests in Boston against the death of George Floyd, the Black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis last week. 

“Those now protesting in the streets of Boston have surrendered the moral high ground as efforts to hurt and harm police officers continue to intensify in our city,” police wrote on Twitter around 10 p.m. 

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker both issued statements late Sunday condemning the violence, saying it undermined the message of the peaceful protests that occurred earlier in the day.

Information on any injuries to protesters was not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for further information as it becomes available. 

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