Peaceful Protest over Floyd’s Death Turns Ugly in Fargo [PHOTOS]
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- What started out as a peaceful march through Fargo to protest the death of George Floyd turned ugly when protesters damaged buildings and vehicles in the city’s downtown after a two-hour showdown with police.
The violence followed a day of speeches honoring Floyd and a march with hundreds of people who started at a downtown park.
However, another group of more intense demonstrators gathered on a downtown street about 6 p.m., at which time the Fargo Police Department tweeted: "Protesters are not peaceful now."
Police unleashed several canisters of tear gas shortly after 8 p.m., which led several protesters to began throwing rocks at officers.
Others began smashing windows at the Hodo, a popular boutique hotel and bar, damaging vehicles, and moving dumpsters into roadways.