Boston Police: 53 People Arrested, 1 Summons Issued After George Floyd March

Boston Police move to clear out protesters on Washington Street at Downtown Crossing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Police move to clear out protesters on Washington Street at Downtown Crossing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said 53 people have been arrested and one summons has been issued following a night of peaceful protest against police brutality that turned chaotic after organizers ended the official demonstration and asked crowds to disperse.

Just over half  — 27 — of those 53 people arrested were from Boston, Gross said at a press conference Monday afternoon. Twenty-four arrests involved people from outside the city, while two more came from outside the state, he said. Police have released a list of people arrested along with charges they face.

Gross' figures marked an update from a total of 40 arrests police had earlier reported as of 3 a.m. Monday, according to a statement.

Police also said nine Boston officers were taken to local hospitals with injuries — all considered "non-life threatening at this time" — and others were treated on scene. Twenty-one police cruisers were damaged, police said. At least one police cruiser was set ablaze around 10 p.m.

Thousands of protesters marched across the city Sunday, calling for justice for George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis officer kneeled on his neck while he pleaded for help. The officer has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter; three other officers were also fired in the incident last week. The protests remained peaceful for hours, but as the official demonstration ended, police, protesters and other people in the city's downtown area began to clash.

The protest was among a number held nationwide in solidarity with demonstrations that began in Minneapolis earlier this week.

This article was originally published on June 01, 2020.


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