In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, riots escalate in cities across the U.S. with shootings of police officers and the looting of stores.
Locally on Saturday afternoon, protestors took their demonstration to I-95, forcing the closure of all lanes of traffic near the Miami Police Department Headquarters. This caused Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to issue a mandatory curfew. Police said anyone who violates the curfew will be arrested.
As of midnight Saturday, Miami-Dade police said they had made 38 arrests so far.
“We are here to take a stand that’s what this is all about,” said a marcher.
In Fort Lauderdale the National Guard sat in Humvees along Las Olas Boulevard on Monday night. On Sunday night police used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Meanwhile in West Palm Beach, protestors damaged at least one Geek Squad at the Best Buy on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and West Palm Beach police said shots were fired shortly after 9 and 10 p.m. There was no word on injuries.
WPTV-Channel 5 reported that protestors tried to break into the Target store across the street from the Outlets mall on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard as well.
On Sunday night in D.C, protestors damaged dozens of stores and office buildings by window-smashing, looting, and setting fires, according to The Washington Blade.
Among the buildings partially damaged by fire was the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as the Church of the Presidents. Also set on fire was the lobby of the AFL-CIO building two blocks away at 815 16th Street, N.W.
On May 25, Floyd was killed by a white police officer, causing sparking protests that have also led to riots. The police officer has since been charged with murder.