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Photos: See the destruction in the wake of Sunday’s violence as the cleanup begins

Vandalism and looting began hours after what authorities described as a peaceful protest calling for justice for George Floyd.

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After a day of peaceful protests, violence broke out in downtown Boston after nightfall on Sunday.

Photos from Sunday night show a Boston police vehicle on fire, protestors clashing with officers, and explosive devices being thrown into crowds.

The protests on Sunday were the third over as many consecutive days. Protestors demanded justice for the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died while police were taking him into custody in Minneapolis last week. Images from the protest show hundreds of people making their way from Nubian Square to the Boston police headquarters.

Around 40 people were arrested and seven Boston police officers were taken to the hospital in the wake of the violence that broke out later Sunday night. “Many more” officers were treated while on scene, and 21 cruisers suffered damage, according to police.

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“It’s a hard day,” Meg Mainzer-Cohen, Back Bay Association president, told The Boston Globe. “The Back Bay Association is working to triage, to the greatest extent possible, how we can help businesses who are on the edge and we can support them in the direction of staying open.”

“The priority right now is how to be as sensitive as we can about the true underlying concerns that people have about what happened to George Floyd … and how we can be a part of a community that supports everybody. We very much appreciated that most marchers were peaceful, positive and there to support people of color.”

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Here’s a look at the aftermath, and cleanup, in downtown Boston:

Kenneth Bachman works on sweeping up glass in Downtown Crossing caused by looting after a protest against police brutality Sunday night. Bachman drove in from Lynn after seeing a Boston Strong Clean Up ad on Facebook and said knew he needed to help.

Crews worked to clean up glass and debris in Downtown Crossing, near Tremont Street, caused by looting after a protest against police brutality Sunday night.

Glass litters the ground in front of the CVS on Washington Street.

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A man works on cleaning up glass on the inside of Bromfield Nails near Downtown Crossing.

A man sweeps up glass next to a shattered pane of a bus stop as crews work to clean up glass and debris in Downtown Crossing, near Tremont Street.

Graffiti marks up the Shaw Memorial across from the Massachusetts State House.

Graffiti marks up the Shaw Memorial across from the Massachusetts State House after a protest against police brutality escalated Sunday night.

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A couple views broken glass at the H&M storefront on Boylston Street.

A construction worker brought a piece of clothing found on the street to the front door of the UGG storefront on Newbury Street that was damaged and looted. Others returned shoes to the the doorway.

Storefronts on Newbury Street were boarded up in the aftermath of destruction of property in Boston after an earlier peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd ended up in looting and violence.

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Burberrry on Newbury Streert getting boarded up after Sunday night.

A man who found a shoe on the street returns it to the front of a store on Newbury Street.

A broken window at Brooks Brothers on Newbury Street after protest.

An empty fire extinguisher floats in the Brewer Fountain in the Boston Commons Monday morning after Sunday night’s violence and looting.

Shattered glass covers a neon sign advertising wigs as a number of businesses were damaged in Downtown Crossing, near Tremont Street.

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A discarded sign is partially covered in dirt as crews work to clean up glass and debris in Downtown Crossing.

A man is reflected in the shattered storefront of a retail space in Downtown Crossing.

A man walks past the shattered storefront of an empty retail space in Downtown Crossing Monday morning.

Crews work to clean up glass and debris in Downtown Crossing, near Tremont Street.

Signs line the fence of the Boston Commons on Park Street after a peaceful protest against police brutality ended in violence Sunday night.

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