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Here’s what Charlie Baker said after Boston’s George Floyd protests turned violent

The governor said the violent actions on Sunday night "distracted from the powerful statement made today by thousands of Massachusetts residents."

Police stand in front of a store outside of Downtown Crossing after its windows were smashed. Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

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After a day of peaceful protests in honor of George Floyd turned chaotic Sunday night in Boston, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued a brief statement, which echoed an earlier one by the city’s mayor, Marty Walsh.

“I also want to express my gratitude to all the police officers and other first responders working to protect the people of Boston from the individuals whose violent actions, looting and property destruction was criminal and cowardly — and distracted from the powerful statement made today by thousands of Massachusetts residents,” he said.

Read the governor’s full statement below:

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