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.
“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.”
Here’s a look at the aftermath, and cleanup, in downtown Boston:
PWD crews are busy this morning removing graffiti and cleaning litter and debris on Tremont St. and Beacon St. pic.twitter.com/Vj61VUx6NZ
— Boston Public Works (@BostonPWD) June 1, 2020
Two trash bags full of shattered glass, and more to be picked up. This Steve Madden store was among dozens of businesses vandalized last night/early this morning in Boston. #Boston25 pic.twitter.com/2xcprxJDSC
— Kelly Sullivan (@ksullivannews) June 1, 2020
The morning after #bostonprotest – these photos don’t do it justice just how much glass is on the sidewalks and streets – As of 3:00am BPD confirmed 7 officers injured, 21 police cruisers damaged, and 40 individuals arrested – major cleanup this morning – @wbznewsradio pic.twitter.com/JOEjuPTRwC
— Kevin James Coleman (@KevinColemanWBZ) June 1, 2020